And the Deaths Go On…

Ananda Rose

in Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199890934
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949793 | DOI:
And the Deaths Go On…

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This concluding chapter discusses the fingerpointing going on in southern Arizona concerning the thousands of migrant deaths that have occurred in the wake of heightened federal border enforcement policies, asking once again: How should such a sweeping international border be humanely yet effectively maintained? How might respect for basic human rights be balanced with respect for the rights of the state to secure and protect? The chapter suggests the need to re-interpret the border in a more nuanced manner, beyond the black and white ideologies, fears and frustrations that currently plague conversations about the border. It suggests the need to see the border as the result of myriad interconnected political, economic, social, and moral issues and as part of larger ideas concerning historical and psychological forces, such as capitalism, terrorism, diversity, patriotism, neighborliness and the self-other encounter.

Keywords: Operation Gatekeeper; Operation Hold the Line; Operation Safeguard; immigration reform; poverty; economy; capitalism; terrorism; patriotism; love; re-interpretation

Chapter.  2661 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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