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FROM A DEADLY BORDER TO AMERICA'S KIDNAPPING CAPITAL—THE SECRET LIVES AT THE HEART OF THE IMMIGRATION WAR Arizona's violent border is the busiest gateway for illegal immigration in America, making the state ground zero for the immigration debate. No state is as hostile to the undocumented, and no city is as unwelcoming as Phoenix. Yet Phoenix is home to thousands who live in the shadows, where civil rights are neglected and lives are lost. Illegal sheds light on the invisible immigrants who persevere despite kidnappings and drug wars, an ongoing recession, and laws barring them from setting foot in Arizona, working, and driving. By profiling these undocumented people, and those—like notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio—who persecute them, author Terry Greene Sterling courageously exposes the dangerously tattered fabric of a divisive national crisis.
Posted July 6, 2010
Terry Green Sterling's treatment of the border issues facing Arizona is truthful, sensitive and epiphanic. I travel often in Mexico and Sonora in particular and have witnessed the accuracy of Terry's account of the people and her experiences. I live in Phoenix and agree with her astute assessments of the conditions she describes on both sides of the border. She does an excellent job of portraying a cross section of the Latino community, the problems they face, the circular logic in laws and enforcement that create a lose-lose situation for us all.
Though her anecdotal stories are persuasive, she backs up her appraisal with hard facts and figures from reliable sources. She presents the arguments used on both sides of the debate and provides the readers with enough evidence to form their own opinion. The reader sees the heartbreak of families torn apart, the frustration of Latinos and Anglos waiting for a solution, and the hate fertilized by fear.
This book was nearly impossible for me to put down. Not only was "Illegal" informative, but she has a beautiful and captivating writing style that draws the reader in and holds you till the very end. You will not soon forget the haunting humanity Terry parades before you, one by one. I wish everyone in Arizona and those affected by these immigration issues would read this book. I also wish our politicians in Washington, who determine immigration reform legislation would read this book too.
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Posted July 10, 2010
Posted July 10, 2010
This book shovels away so many ugly illusions about what is happening at the U.S.-Mexican line. I have never read a story about immigration and the border that is both so well informed and written so deeply from the heart. Truth is harsh here, yet is rendered to the reader so tenderly. Terry Greene Sterling is inured to the territory to the point where affectation would be impossible. It is a monumental achievement in both research and narrative. I am rereading it already, because I didn't want to put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2010
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