Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone

Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone

by Terry Sterling


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ISBN-13: 9781599218618
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Terry Greene Sterling is a Spanish-speaking award-winning journalist and photographer based in Phoenix, which is ground zero for the nation’s immigration wars and home to most of Arizona’s five hundred thousand or more illegal immigrants. She is Writer-in-Residence and a faculty associate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She has covered all aspects of the American West, including immigration and Latino issues, for twenty-five years. She has won more than fifty national and regional journalism awards, including several awards for diversity writing. She is a three-time winner of Arizona’s highest journalism honor, the Virg Hill Journalist of the Year Award, and was a staff writer at Phoenix New Times for thirteen years. Her stories have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, Newsweek,, The Nieman Narrative Digest, Preservation Magazine, Arizona Highways, High Country News, and PHOENIX Magazine, where she is contributing editor. She also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Maryland, where she studied with Tom French and Walt Harrington, two master narrative journalists. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and The American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her blog on her experiences and findings investigating the "border battle" in Arizona can be found at, an intereactive web site that includes photos, videos, maps locating border deaths, book tour events, etc. She can also be followed on Twitter.

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Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Tia_Laura More than 1 year ago
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.
Centered-Pols More than 1 year ago
Terry Greene Sterling has done an amazing job of showing us the human cost of our broken immigration system to citizens as well as non-citizens.
Archihuahua More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago