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The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands

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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 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 on the migrant trail, was just one of thousands to perish in...

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Overview

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 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 on the 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 people caught 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 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 microcsom, 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 comples migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead in Arizona's morgues.

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"This should be required reading for everyone-from President Obama . . . to migrant rights activists. . . . It gave me inspiration."-Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

"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: A True Story 

"Regan puts a human face on the multiple problems created by desperate, poverty-stricken people entering the United States illegally to look for work, and the costly measures taken by the American government to secure its borders."-Kirkus Reviews

"Regan . . . 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."-Booklist

"There may be no better way to understand the muddle that is U.S. immigration policy than to read The Death of Josseline. It helps explain, on a human level, the ebb and flow of human labor across political boundaries."-Ted Robbins, Southwest correspondent, NPR 

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An indictment of U.S. immigration policy via harrowing stories of immigrants trying to cross from Mexico into Arizona, the Border Patrol agents whose job it is to stop them and the volunteers dedicated to saving their lives. Tucson Weekly columnist Regan expands on her newspaper coverage in this close-up look at what is happening on the border. Increasing militarization, with ramped-up patrols and surveillance of older, well-traveled routes, has altered immigration patterns. More immigrants are dying of exposure and dehydration as they attempt to walk across dangerous desert country. Accurate statistics are impossible, because not all bodies are found, but from October 2001 to April 2009, 1,588 migrant bodies have been found in the desert of southern Arizona. Regan accompanied Border Patrol agents on their rounds, interviewing them and the migrants they picked up, detained and returned home. She talked to homeowners angry about the trespass of migrants and federal agents on their property, as well as environmentalists, archeologists and biologists distressed over the damage to the environment caused by the new wall along the border. She also communicated with tribal members of the Tohono O'odham Nation, whose land is cut in half by the border. Regan is most sympathetic to the volunteers, including No More Deaths and other humanitarian groups, working to save the lives of migrants by monitoring their routes and providing water at stations along the way. Human suffering, greed, indifference and kindness are present in story after story. The brightest economic note in the author's account of a small Mexican-owned coffee co-op that is helping Mexican farmers earn a living wage in their owncountry and providing a model that can be duplicated and expanded. Regan puts a human face on the multiple problems created by desperate, poverty-stricken people entering the United States illegally to look for work, and the costly measures taken by the American government to secure its borders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807001301
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 296,579
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Death of Josseline ix

Introduction: (Revised for the paperback edition) xix

Chapter 1 Children of the Water 1

Chapter 2 Strangers in Their Own Land 23

Chapter 3 Crossroads all Norte 44

Chapter 4 Desert Rescue 64

Chapter 5 Aurora Morning 81

Chapter 6 Ambos Nogales 105

Chapter 7 Bones in the Rain 128

Chapter 8 The Science of Death 148

Chapter 9 The Last House before the Border 167

Chapter 10 The Case of the Panda Express Eleven 190

Epilogue: The Birth of Jesús 210

Afterword 219

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    "The Death of Josseline" is a must read for every pers

    "The Death of Josseline" is a must read for every person who wishes to understand the complicated issue of immigration. Josseline was a teenage girl who died out in the desert while trying to cross the border and reach her mother in Los Angeles. Josseline's story is just one of the many, and although the focus of the stories is on the Arizona Borderlands, the stories represent problems facing the U.S. and other countries. Author Margaret Regan does an excellent job at presenting all viewpoints —  border patrol officers,, residents living in Arizona and Mexico along the border, humanitarian groups, border crossing migrants, Native Americans living on reservations close to the border, and illegal immigrants living and working in the U.S.  
    As an Arizona resident,  reading this book felt like I was reading about my own neighborhood and neighbors. 

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    All humanity should read this book

    "She was a little girl with a big name, Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quinteros." Thanks to Margaret Regan no one who reads 'The Death of Josseline' will ever forget her.

    Regan takes the tragic death of this fourteen year old undocumented migrant and weaves it though a series of chapters that deal with a variety of immigration border issues in Arizona. With the astute view point of a journalist, Regan takes several of her previously reported stories in the Tucson Weekly, and fleshes them out with her personal experiences traveling with both the Border Patrol and various activists to document the stories of the migrant, and today's current headlines. She allows us to see through the eyes of the traveler the reasons they risk their lives in the harsh Sonoran desert environment and brutal heat of the Arizona summer to reach the 'promised land' in order to make a better life for themselves.

    We hear from all the players in the cast from conservationists, activists, border agents, vigilantes, border land owners and the migrants themselves as Regan provides a cache all of comments. We get her unbiased view of the triple whammy: "habitat fragmentation, funneling of migrants, border enforcement" and see how we as a people have tied each others hands in a desperate fight to secure our borders to the South.

    No matter you personal feelings in this ongoing trial by fire one thing stands out above all else. These migrants are human first and foremost and illegal as a secondary thought and do not deserve to die in their flight to freedom. Regan's portrayal is at once insightful and sympathetic in its telling; one that deserves to read by all humanity.

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