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Hard Line by Ken Ellingwood
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May 22, 08

bookshelves: non-fiction, latin-america, umw-booklist
Recommended to Maureen by: UMW
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in January, 2008

The question of illegal immigration on the U.S. Mexico border is very complex, and there are no easy answers to these problems. This is a journalistic overview of the history and situation from the viewpoint of immigrants, ranchers, border agents, people of faith, and many others who are involved in what has become a very dangerous situation. As portions of the border have been walled off, other more dangerous areas have become avenues for entry into the country. One sad fact is that the U.S. actually depends on illegal labor in many businesses, and the workers’ desperate need for work fuels their willingness to risk death to take a less than minimum-wage job. For example, one in four people working in private households in this country is here illegally. For a balanced perspective on immigration, read this eye-opening book.

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