Peter Andreas: "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"

Peter Andreas: "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"

The history of America’s porous borders: How smuggling and illegal immigration have driven U.S. economic growth.

As Congress continues to hammer out the details of immigration reform, many are demanding measures to regain control of the nation's borders. But a new book argues that politicians suffer from historical amnesia and America’s borders have never been secure. In fact, smuggling and porous borders have played a key role in America’s birth and economic development, according to a book by Peter Andreas, "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America." Far from being a new danger to the country, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an American tradition.

Guests

Peter Andreas

political science professor at Brown University and author of "Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide."

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Excerpted from "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America" by Peter Andreas. Copyright © 2013 by Peter Andreas. Excerpted by permission of Oxford University Press, USA. All rights reserved.

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