Mexican, Migrants, New York City


New York City witnessed a substantial growth of Mexican immigration in the postCold War Era. This paper reviews the research literature on these changes across the urban landscape in light of the sociology of human rights in the contemporary era criminalizing migration. The number of births to Mexican mothers in New York City’s hospitals between 1985-2006 documents a near ten times growth in the number of Mexican American babies born in New York City for the twenty-year period between 1985-2005. Additionally, ethnographic data examine the lived experiences of Mexican immigrants in New York City during this era. The research offers a narrative of a Mexican family that migrated to New York City during the post-Cold War period defined by the heightened policing of migrant communities.