The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands




Author: Margaret Regan
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2010
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 256
Isbn10 Code: 0807042277
Isbn13 Code: 9780807042274


From Regan, a Tucson journalist, has compiled a compelling chronicle of the flow of migrants from northern Mexico into the “Tucson Sector” of Arizona, distilling the many facets of this phenomenon into an enlightening account. She focuses on one border crosser, 14-year-old Josseline Hernandez, who in January 2008, left with her younger brother in a group heading eventually to Los Angeles, where their mother was waiting. Ill from prolonged exposure, Josseline was left in the desert to die by her well-paid guide, or coyote. In exploring that death, and the nearly 1,600 other migrant deaths in the Arizona desert between 2001 and 2009, Regan interviews the Border Patrol, vigilantes, members of the human rights group No More Deaths, and Tohono O’odham tribal members, on whose land 83 bodies were found in 2007 alone. She also speaks with migrants, many of whom have tried multiple times to cross Arizona’s “killing field,” created when restrictions tightened around such border cities as El Paso. Regan doesn’t offer any solutions, but her brutally honest depiction should be read by those who will. --Deborah Donovan Review The Death of Josseline is a humane, sensitive, and informative perspective on a current and controversial topic. It also testifies to the fastest growing international criminal activity today: body trafficking. We all must pay attention.—Ana Castillo, author of The Guardians"This book should be required reading for everyone—from President Obama and the director of Homeland Security to the Border Patrol agents, the vigilantes, and migrant rights activists. If people on both sides of the immigration issue picked up this book instead of arms, we would come to a peaceful resolution; it gave me inspiration."—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street"In The Death of Josseline, Margaret Regan stands midpoint between immigration's push and pull . . . her clear and sympathetic eyes watching the south on its treacherous slog north."—Tom Miller, author of The Panama Hat Trail"Most border 'experts' and immigration writers are mere tourists. This writer is not one of them. In Margaret Regan's The Death of Josseline, you have a writer who lives the story, reports from the heart of the killzone, and works the territory on a regular basis. The many admirers of Enrique's Journey will find much to admire, and fear, in this powerful report."—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway"There may be no better way to understand the muddle that is U.S. immigration policy than by reading these portraits of people who cross the border in hopes of a better life. . . . The Death of Josseline is an excellent way to understand-on a human level-the ebb and flow of human labor across political boundaries."—Ted Robbins, Southwest Correspondent, National Public Radio"The Death of Josseline is a border reality check. It tells searing stories of those who've died crossing the Sonora/Arizona desert, of young people sent to prison in Tucson for the crime of working, and of the courageous people of conscience who stand up for the rights of migrants. Read it, and see why our deadly immigration policies need to be changed."—David Bacon, author of Illegal People

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