Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration

Ana Raquel Minian

Title Conditional: Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm | 233 Moses Hall

Ana Raquel Minian speaks on migration at Berkeley, February 2019. (Photo by Maraid Jimenez.)
Ana Raquel Minian speaks on migration at Berkeley, February 2019. (Photo by Maraid Jimenez.)

In the 1970s, the Mexican government acted to alleviate rural unemployment by supporting migration into the United States. As U.S. authorities pursued more aggressive anti-immigrant measures, migrants found themselves caught between the interests of competing governments. Ironically, the U.S. immigration crackdown of the 1980s forced many migrants to remain north of the border permanently for fear of not being able to return to work. In this talk, Professor Minian explores circular migration, which reshaped communities in the United States and Mexico, and shares stories of Mexicans who have been used and abused by economic and political policies of both countries.

Ana Raquel Minian is Assistant Professor of History and of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Her current project, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration, is the first sustained history of transnational Mexican migration from 1965 to 1986. 

Ana Raquel Minian answers questions from her audience, February 2019. (Photo by Maraid Jimenez.)

Ana Raquel Minian answers questions from her audience, February 2019. (Photo by Maraid Jimenez.)

Ana Raquel Minian speaks with an audience member after her talk, February 2019. (Photo by Maraid Jimenez.)
Ana Raquel Minian speaks with an audience member after her talk, February 2019. (Photo by Maraid Jimenez.)

A migrant farm worker in Virginia who returns to Mexico every year on a H2A visa. (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World.)
A migrant farm worker in Virginia who returns to Mexico every year on a H2A visa. (Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World.)