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The Immigration Controversy: Religion and Law in Collision

Ananda Rose

in Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199890934
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.003.0001
The Immigration Controversy: Religion and Law in Collision

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This introduction lies out the central dilemma at the heart of the book: migrant death and suffering at the U.S.–Mexico border. It presents an overview of the causes behind these deaths, including how U.S. border security measures have created a deadly funnel effect for migrants, and how a confluence of illegal smuggling operations, combined with the U.S. demand for cheap labor, have led to increased danger for migrants. The core ethical questions of the book are presented: Is it a human right to migrate according to need? Or is it a human right for citizens of a sovereign nation to be able to monitor and control their borders? How might a reasonable balance be struck between true compassion and suitable law that guarantees the safety and dignity of all people?

Keywords: migrant deaths; smuggling; immigration; U.S.–Mexico border; ethical; Homeland Security

Chapter.  5210 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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