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

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Vintage Books, 2005 - History - 256 pages
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The Southwestern border is one of the most fascinating places in America, a region of rugged beauty and small communities that coexist across the international line. In the past decade, the area has also become deadly as illegal immigration has shifted into some of the harshest territory on the continent, reshaping life on both sides of the border.

In Hard Line, Ken Ellingwood, a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, captures the heart of this complex and fascinating land, through the dramatic stories of undocumented immigrants and the border agents who track them through the desert, Native Americans divided between two countries, human rights workers aiding the migrants and ranchers taking the law into their own hands. This is a vivid portrait of a place and its people, and a moving story of the West that has major implications for the nation as a whole.

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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

About the author (2005)

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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