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The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlandsby Margaret Regan
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Dispatches from Arizona--the front line of a massive human migration--including the voices of migrants, Border Patrol, ranchers, activists, and others
For the last decade, Margaret Regan has reported on the escalating chaos along the Arizona-Mexico border, ground zero for immigration since 2000. Undocumented migrants cross into Arizona in overwhelmingnumbers, a state whose anti-immigrant laws are the most stringent in the nation. And Arizona has the highest number of migrant deaths. Fourteen-year-old Josseline, a young girl from El Salvador who was left to die alone onthe migrant trail, was just one of thousands to perish in its deserts and mountains.
With a sweeping perspective and vivid on-the-ground reportage, Regan tells the stories of the peoplecaught up in this international tragedy. Traveling back and forth across the border, she visits migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and rides shotgun with Border Patrol agents in Arizona, hiking with them for hours inthe scorching desert; she camps out in the thorny wilderness with No More Deaths activists and meets with angry ranchers and vigilantes. Using Arizona as a microcosm, Regan explores a host of urgent issues: the bordermilitarization that threatens the rights of U.S. citizens, the environmental damage wrought by the border wall, the desperation that compels migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead inArizona's morgues.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Relates immigration stories from both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border, ranging from the illegal immigrants who risk death in Arizona's deserts to the Border Patrol agents charged with patrolling the increasingly militarized borderlands.
"With a sweeping perspective and vivid on-the-ground reportage, Margaret Regan tells the stories of the escalating chaos along the U.S.-Mexico border. A varied cast of characters emerges as she rides shotgun with the Border Patrol, interviews deported Mexicans and angry Arizona ranchers, visits migrant shelters in Mexico, and camps out in the thorny wilderness with "No More Deaths" activists. Using Arizona as a microcosm, Regan explores a host of urgent issues: the border militarization that threatens the rights of U.S. citizens, the environmental damage wrought by the new border wall, the desperation that compels migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead in Arizona's morgues" — from publisher's web site.
About the Author
Margaret Regan writes for the Tucson Weekly and has won a dozen journalism awards for border reporting, including two national prizes. She lives in Tucson.
Table of Contents
Prologue: the death of Josseline — Introduction (revised for the paperback edition) — Children of the water — Strangers in their own land — Crossroads al norte — Desert rescue — Aurora morning — Ambos Nogales — Bones in the rain — The science of death — The last house before the border — The case of the Panda express eleven — Epilogue: the birth of Jes
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