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KLIATTKen Ellingwood was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times in the late 1990s. He reported on Operation Gatekeeper, the largest crackdown on illegal immigration by the US Government ever attempted. In essence, it built a giant wall between California and the country of Mexico, but no wall can ever completely close off that border. Its effect was to push the immigrants further east and into the desert where many thousands would die, come into conflict with ranchers, divide Native lands artificially, and inspire both vigilante and humanitarian groups to take action. Ellingwood explores the history of the US/Mexico relationship and he does an excellent job of describing the conflicts and emotions caused by illegal immigration, the reasons it occurs, and the effects it produces on the American economy and America's image of itself as a country. His use of personal stories gives the political issues of illegal immigration a human side. While he gives examples of the mistreatment of many of the migrants, he does not mention one growing scourge associated with illegal immigration--human trafficking; however, the bibliography, notes and index enable the reader to pursue the entire subject further. KLIATT Codes: SA--Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Random House, Vintage, 256p. bibliog. notes. index., Ages 15 to adult.