The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Overview

"There are other books dealing with life at the border, but none as intelligent, searching, objective or encompassing as Tyche Hendricks' vivid evocation of this region—its people, its landscape, its industry, its problems and its unique culture."—Peter Schrag, author of Not Fit for Society: Immigration and Nativism in America

"This vivid, evocative book made me think of the Robert Frost line, 'Something there is that doesn't love a wall.' Tyche Hendricks' multilayered portrait of the human communities that transcend the U.S.-Mexico border should remind us all of what an artificial thing barriers, fences and checkpoints are. Maybe, just maybe, someday we, like so much of western Europe, can do without them."—Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains

"This is an ambitious undertaking and Hendricks excels, finding stories along the way that illustrate the clash between, within and along that nearly 2,000-mile stretch of territory. Her reporting illustrates that for many U.S.-Mexico border residents, the international bridge is something you cross on your way to visit family, shop for groceries, get to a doctor or work."—Macarena Del Rocio Hernandez, University of Houston

"Dear President Obama, next time you are at Camp David spend a couple of hours reading The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport. While the Health Care overhaul may well come to define your presidency, immigration will define the future of our country.
In this marvelous book—rigorously grounded, smartly argued, beautifully crafted, Tyche Hendricks captures, in stories of biblical proportion, the contours of the magical line that at once unites us and divides us as Americans and as neighbors of our indispensable partner in the South. Ms. Hendricks's book, Mr. President, will remind you just what is at stake in getting immigration reform right. All Californians, Texans, and Arizonians, who think they know the border, should read this book. It is essential reading for our times."—Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Fisher Membership Fellow,
Institute for Advanced Study, and co-author of Latinos: Remaking America

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“Succeeds masterfully in making the daily life and communities on both sides of the border jump off the page in all their multi-dimensional glory.”
Washington Post Book World
“Tyche Hendricks traveled along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to document ordinary lives in an extraordinary environment.”
Western American Literature
“Hendricks’s stories bring [the borderlands] to life.”
Cape Cod Times
“A gift. . . . We've got to educate ourselves if we're ever going to have meaningful immigration reform. Hendricks' book is a good entry point.”
Foreword
“Anyone interested in border issues, from an academic or lay perspective, will appreciate this book.”
The Morning News
“Hendricks has diligently investigated and explored the borderlands, and the result is her fascinating and (for the willing) eye-opening monograph.”
Z�calo Public Square
Through vivid storytelling, Hendricks illuminates not only the unique history of the borderlands, but its people, culture, and politics.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Succeeds masterfully in making the daily life and communities on both sides of the border jump off the page in all their multi-dimensional glory.”
Washington Post Book World

“Tyche Hendricks traveled along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to document ordinary lives in an extraordinary environment.”
Foreword

“Anyone interested in border issues, from an academic or lay perspective, will appreciate this book.”
Cape Cod Times

“A gift. . . . We've got to educate ourselves if we're ever going to have meaningful immigration reform. Hendricks' book is a good entry point.”
Western American Literature

“Hendricks’s stories bring [the borderlands] to life.”
The Morning News

“Hendricks has diligently investigated and explored the borderlands, and the result is her fascinating and (for the willing) eye-opening monograph.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520269804
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 1,148,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tyche Hendricks covered immigration and demographics for many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an editor at KQED public radio and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Map of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands x

Introduction 1

1 Elsa: "We Want to Hold Our Kids Close Forever" 14

2 McAllen/Reynosa: "Most People Here Work in the Maquiladoras" 31

3 Hachita: "A Fence is Only as Good as Its Weakest Point" 54

4 Nogales/Nogales: "If They Get Sick Here, We Care For Them" 79

5 Sells: "O'Odham First and American or Mexican Second" 98

6 Mexicali: "The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport" 121

7 Jacumba: "The Border is a Sham" 145

8 Tijuana: "A Constant Drumbeat of Killings" 167

Conclusion 191

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 209

Selected Bibliography 231

Index 237

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