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Title:
The dangerous divide : peril and promise on the US-Mexico border
Author:
Eichstaedt, Peter H., 1947-
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
244 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781613748367
Format :
Book

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How do we balance border security and America's need for a vital workforce while continuing to provide access to the American dream? Since the attacks of 9/11, the United States has steadily ramped up security along the U.S.-Mexico border, transforming America's legendary Southwest into a frontier of fear. Veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt roams this fabled region from Tucson, Arizona, to El Paso, Texas, meeting with migrants, border security advocates, and communities ravaged by cross-border crime. He rides with the border patrol and reveals the tragic situation that has evolved along the border. Eichstaedt finds that despite tens of thousands of border agents and the expenditure of billions of dollars, an estimated one million Mexicans and Central Americans continue to cross the border each year. These migrants fill jobs that have become the underpinnings of the U.S. economy. Rather than building more and better barricades, Eichstaedt argues that the United States must reform its immigration and drug laws and acknowledge that costly, counterproductive, and antiquated policies have created deadly circumstances on both sides of the border. Recognizing the truth of America's long and tortured relations with Mexico must be followed by legitimizing the contributions made by migrants to the American way of life.


Author Notes

Peter Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist who has reported from locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Albania, Somalia, the Sudans, Uganda, Kenya, eastern DR Congo, eastern Europe, and the Caucasus.



Table of Contents

Mapsp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Part I The Migrants
1 Desert Solitairep. 9
2 A Thousand Storiesp. 25
Part II The Business of Fear
3 The Frontier of Fearp. 53
4 Migrants or Terrorists?p. 69
5 Overwhelming Oddsp. 79
Part III Guns, Money, and Resentment
6 Guns Go Southp. 95
7 Good-Bye, Columbusp. 111
8 The Ghost at Pancho Villap. 127
Part IV The Enforcers
9 Guardians of the Borderp. 145
10 The Port at Nogalesp. 173
11 And Were the Bad Guys?p. 189
Part V Brewing a Solution
12 To Leave Our Land Is to Sufferp. 205
Epilogue: Borderline Realitiesp. 223
Indexp. 233