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History of the US-Mexico Border

America Daily with Tabitha Smiles

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We look at the history of the U.S.-Mexico border in this first part of our series. Parts two and three will look at the current border crisis and how immigrants can come into the U.S. legally.

How Immigration Law Started in the United States

Inspection stations at ports of entry along the Mexican and Canadian borders were established way back in 1891.

But it was the Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910, that caused insecurity in Mexico and strained U.S.-Mexico relations. The revolution lasted ten years, ending in 1920. World War I occurred simultaneously, and the U.S. and Mexico have driven further apart.

Constant battles and raids along the border made both authorities nervous about border security.

The Zimmerman Telegram, allegedly sent by German officials, was meant to bait Mexico to go to war with the United States in order to reconquer what was taken from them during the U.S.-Mexican War.

Because of this, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began to monitor suspicious activities and potential violence at the border.

When the wars concluded, restrictions for crossing the border became more relaxed and most soldiers were sent home; however, the fences remained as a physical reminder of the division between the two nations. As years passed, more fences and higher barriers were established as a result of continuous debates of where the boundary line was officially marked along the United States and Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol that secures our borders today was established in 1924.

The US map before the West was settled.

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