Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Pantheon Books, 2004 - Political Science - 256 pages
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In May 2001, two dozen Mexican workers struck out across the U.S. border, plunging into the forbidding desert of southern
Arizona with little water. Three days later, following a frenzied search by U.S. Border Patrol agents, fourteen were found dead. The Yuma tragedy seized national headlines, but it was just one more example of the high-stakes game that crossing and guarding America's southern border has become.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S.-Mexico border has been rife with intrigue, lore, and tragedy. In Hard Line, Ken Ellingwood brings this region to life with an intimacy that eludes the daily news. A former border correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Ellingwood tells the stories of undocumented immigrants, American ranchers, and townspeople overwhelmed by an influx of border crossers; of the Native Americans whose land is cut in two by this modern boundary; and of border agents and human-rights workers struggling to prevent more tragedies. He captures the symbiotic relationships between towns on opposite sides of the border, where residents have long crossed between countries as easily as crossing a street.

As immigration reshapes the face of America, what happens at our borders is increasingly relevant to the rest of our nation. Hard Line offers a vivid and informative portrait of the people and the difficult issues that lie at the heart of the region.

Please note: On page 229 of Hard Line by Ken Ellingwood, there is an inaccurate description of the role played by Humane Borders in a federal lawsuit against the government. Humane Borders did not file a legal claim as the book states; it was filed by Yuma attorneys. This has been corrected for future printings. We regret the error.

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Review: Hard Line: Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Sheds a much needed light on the Mexican Immigration thing. Hard to believe this is happening in our country since we are somewhat far removed from it in Wisconsin--but not totally. They are in our schools and workplaces. I don't know what the answer is but something needs to be done... Read full review

Review: Hard Line: Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border

User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

United Methodist Womens 2008 Social Action Program book. Very intersting read - detailed the geographical area, setting up the border, efforts by local government and agencies and people and national ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
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Chapter One SITTING ON AN X 9
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Chapter Three THE END RUN
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About the author (2004)

Ken Ellingwood is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, for which he covered the U.S.-Mexico border from 1998 to 2002. He has also reported from Atlanta, and his journalism has won several awards. Ellingwood is currently based in the newspaper’s bureau in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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