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What comprises "the border"?

Tony Payan | Pamela Lizette Cruz

What comprises "the border"?.

A universally agreed-upon definition of the U.S.-Mexico border region is elusive, to say the least. The area's boundaries vary widely depending on the government entity or academic institution involved. This brief reviews the many officially sanctioned definitions of the region, and explains why a consensus is necessary for effective border management.