SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.20 issue1Mobilization, Schooling and Invalid Vote: The 2009 Federal Election in MexicoFrom Votes to Seats: The Rules of the Mexican Electoral System and their Political Implications in the 2012 Election author indexsubject indexsearch form
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Política y gobierno

Print version ISSN 1665-2037


IZCARA PALACIOS, Simón Pedro. Corruption and Migrant Smuggling in the United States. Polít. gob [online]. 2013, vol.20, n.1, pp.79-106. ISSN 1665-2037.

From the 1990's the United States adopted a border enforcement strategy to discourage illegal immigrants from attempting to enter the country. However, tougher enforcement did not prevent migrant crossings. This paper, based on a qualitative methodology that includes in depth interviews with eighty migrant smugglers, examines the causes of corruption of U.S. immigration officials and concludes that corruption is a key element in migrant smuggling because it makes it easier to get the migrants across the borders. The complicity of border and immigration officials with smugglers and employers explains why today's probability of apprehension is lower than half a century ago.

Keywords : corruption; mexican smugglers; immigration officials; immigration policy; migrant smuggling; United States.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License