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 overwhelming numbers, a state whose anti-immigrant lasws are the most stringent in the nation. And... read more
Margaret Regan travels back and forth across the Arizona/Mexico border visiting migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and riding shotgun with Border Patrol agents in Arizona, hiking with them for hours in the scorching desert; she camps out in the thorny wilderness with NO MORE DEATHS... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Margaret Regan travels back and forth across the Arizona/Mexico border visiting migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and riding shotgun with Border Patrol agents in Arizona, hiking with them for hours in the 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 border militarization 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 in Arizona's morgues.
“"(Arizona) Governor (Jan) Brewer...asserted that 'the majority' of undocumented immigrants were working for the Mexican drug cartels. Her claim contradictedthe Border Patrol's own data, which showed that about 10 percent of captured migrants have criminal records." "Again , the (the governor's ) assertion was flat-out false..."”author, Margret Regan
“"No one deserves to die in the desert for lack of a cup of water."”Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham tribal member
“"What makes me mad is you've got a problem, and nobody is addressing the causes."”Ed McCullough, Arizona scientist
“"To leave our land is to suffer."”Eduardo Perez Verdugo, migrant from Chiapas, Mexico
“Josseline... pulled her two jackets closer in the cold. She was wearing everything she had brought with her from home. Underneath the jackets, she had on a tank top, better suited to Arizona's searing summers than its chilly winters, and she'd pulled a pair of sweatpants over her jeans. Her clothes betrayed her girly tastes. One jacket was lined in pink. Her sneakers were a wild bright green, a totally cool pair of shoes that were turning out to be not even close to adequate forthe difficult path she was walking. A little white beaded bracelet circled her wrist. Best of all were her sweats, a pair of "butt pants" with the word HOLLYWOODemblazoned on the rear. Josseline planned to have them on when she arrived in the land of movie stars.”author, Margaret Regan
Chapter 1 Children of the Water
Chapter 2 Strangers in Their Own Land
Chapter 3 Crossroads 'al Norte'
Chapter 4 Desert Rescue
Chapter 5 Aurora Morning
Chapter 6 Ambos Nogales
Chapter 7 Bones in the Rain
Chapter 8 The Science of Death
Chapter 9 The Last House Before the Border
Chapter 10 The Case of the Panda Express Eleven
Epilogue The Birth of Jesus
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