The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands

The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands

Margaret Regan / Nov 29, 2020

The Death of Josseline Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands Dispatches from Arizona the front line of a massive human migration including the voices of migrants Border Patrol ranchers activists and others For the last decade Margaret Regan has reported on

  • Title: The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands
  • Author: Margaret Regan
  • ISBN: 9780807001301
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dispatches from Arizona the front line of a massive human migration including the voices of migrants, Border Patrol, ranchers, activists, and others For the last decade, Margaret Regan has reported on the escalating chaos along the Arizona Mexico border, ground zero for immigration since 2000 Undocumented migrants cross into Arizona in overwhelming numbers, a state whoseDispatches from Arizona the front line of a massive human migration including the voices of migrants, Border Patrol, ranchers, activists, and others For the last decade, Margaret Regan has reported on the escalating chaos along the Arizona Mexico border, ground zero for immigration since 2000 Undocumented migrants cross into Arizona in overwhelming numbers, a state whose anti immigrant laws are the most stringent in the nation And Arizona has the highest number of migrant deaths Fourteen year old Josseline, a young girl from El Salvador who was left to die alone on the migrant trail, was just one of thousands to perish in its deserts and mountains With a sweeping perspective and vivid on the ground reportage, Regan tells the stories of the people caught up in this international tragedy Traveling back and forth across the border, she visits migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and rides shotgun with Border Patrol agents in Arizona, hiking with them for hours in the scorching desert she camps out in the thorny wilderness with No More Deaths activists and meets with angry ranchers and vigilantes Using Arizona as a microcosm, Regan explores a host of urgent issues the border militarization that threatens the rights of U.S citizens, the environmental damage wrought by the border wall, the desperation that compels migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead in Arizona s morgues.

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    1. "The Death of Josseline" was written several years ago but in our current political climate, this remains an incredibly important read. Immigration, both legal and illegal, has become an increasingly popular topic to rail over. There are many different sides and thoughts to consider. This book tries to capture many of these sides. This heart-wrenching books opens with the death of a young teenager who is traveling through the harsh deserts of Northern Mexico with her little brother in order to r [...]

    2. “She was a little girl with a big name, Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quinteros.” Thanks to Margaret Regan no one who reads ‘The Death of Josseline’ will ever forget her.Regan takes the tragic death of this fourteen year old undocumented migrant and weaves it though a series of chapters that deal with a variety of immigration border issues in Arizona. With the astute view point of a journalist, Regan takes several of her previously reported stories in the Tucson Weekly, and fleshes them o [...]

    3. This is a book about immigration, and I’d like to start by telling you a little bit of my immigration story. As long as I could remember, we were coming to America. I can’t remember a time when we weren’t planning to come to America. My mother had two brothers. The younger brother had the luck to be scouted by an American company in the late 60’s and came to America. The younger brother started the paperwork for the visa for my mother and her older brother. Ten years later, the visa fina [...]

    4. Regan's book is a timely examination of the perils of US immigration policy. Opening with the tragic story of the death of fourteen-year-old Josseline, who falls sick while trying to cross the desert and is left to die, alone and afraid, Regan pulls no punches as she recounts the stories of several people injured or killed while trying to get to America. While some may feel The Death of Josseline skews to the left, it is a fair and balanced look at the US-Mexico border and the dangers of crossin [...]

    5. Josseline Hernández Quinteras was a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador who died in 2008 in the cold, winter desert just north of the Arizona/Mexico border. In 2010, when Death of Josseline was published, the wall already crossed more than 300 miles of the 377-mile long Arizona/Mexico border. About 5,000 migrants died between 1994 and 2010 while crossing into the US. Margaret Regan, a Tucson journalist, makes clear that there are no easy answers.The US has often addressed the end of the line – [...]

    6. The author has done some serious homework in putting this book together. She has spoken with migrants (many) on both sides of the border, as well as interviewing smugglers, Border Patrol agents, ranchers, border residents, and just about everyone else involved in or affected by the current immigration mess on the southern U.S. border. She visits the scenes familiar to the migrants, on both sides of the border. The reader moves with the author through the rocky canyons and the ubiquitous cactus a [...]

    7. The perspective in this book is interesting and the stories of the immigrants are compelling, but the bias in favor of the immigrants seems too great. We have to look very realistically at the illegals for what they are "Illegal Immigrants" and deal with that.

    8. Let me preface my review by saying that I loved The Devil's Highway, and it made me evaluate assumptions that I didn't even realize I had about immigration. Regan makes a reference to that book in this story. And what a story this is. Beginning with 14 year old Josseline's ill fated attempt to cross the border, Regan regales us with other tales of failed and successful border passings. She interviewed vigilantes, border patrol agents, Native American tribe members, migrants, and human rights gro [...]

    9. No matter how much their neighbor liked it, Bill and Ellen argued that the Great Wall of Arizona doesn’t do the job it was so expensively meant to do. Migrants have found ways to jump it, sidestep it, cut it, and climb it. They have a powerful motive to get past it, and they’ve come too far not to try. “Some lard-ass in Des Moines thinks it will stop them,” Bill Odle said. “I can’t get over it”—he’s in his sixties—“but some twenty-year-old kid from Oaxaca who’s hungry can [...]

    10. What a book to be reading when the news announced that Trump will end DACA and kick out 800,000 Dreamers from the US.highly disturbing. I was unable to sleep all night.People come here to work and to be with familye very "virtues" the Republican party professes to stand ford yet, they do not. Hypocrisy is ruining our country.

    11. As the subtitle says, it's a collection of immigration stories from the Arizona borderlands. Great if you love stories. For me, they got rather boring halfway through. Still not a bad book, and it seems relevant with DACA &c. in the news.

    12. An informative read surrounding the highly debated topic of illegal immigration from Mexico. Regan does a wonderful job of providing all sides of the debate and does not let her personal beliefs overshadow the information provided.

    13. Margaret Regan is a Tucson, Arizona-based writer and perhaps because she lives there, writing a book about immigration, or in this case, illegal immigration south of the border, is a natural choice. It is a subject that she has written about regularly in her career. She begins the book with a prologue--depicting the death of fourteen year old Josseline in prime Sonoran desert--a creative decision for shaping the arc of her stories. Her recounting this particular story is an effective device, ent [...]

    14. Margaret Regan’s “The Death of Josseline” is a fine piece of reporting about a humanitarian crisis in the nation’s backyard. It would make a fine bookend to Ted Conover’s brilliant “Coyotes,” first published in 1987. Like Conover, Regan puts faces and names to the ongoing dramas inside the border-crossing zone, primarily the Arizona border around Tucson. It’s clear where Regan’s sympathies lie, with the “wretched of the earth” being “criminalized for their poverty.” But [...]

    15. For most of us, we talk about immigration when we discuss our genealogical roots. We all came from somewhere - France, Ireland, England, Mexico, Honduras, etc. For many of us that trek was made by our ancestors as long ago as 400 years. For others, it was made in the last 10 years. The majority of us can boast about the new life that our ancestors carved out for us by immigrating to America. For others it is a story of hardship, prejudice, and even death. Margaret Regan, a noted journalist who s [...]

    16. A great read that puts a human face, names, and stories of desperation and dreams to just "numbers" or "statistics". Its easy to lump Mexican and Central American immigrants into stereotypes not knowing or wanting to know the why behind their sacrifices and dangerous risks for so many who simply just want to feed their families. Its easy to also point fingers to the problems of overcrowded schools, hospitals, resources and increased taxes from the immigrants without remembering that we are all d [...]

    17. A great book for a book club discussion.Margaret Regan puts a human face on the information she collected during a decade of reporting for the Tucson Weekly. She introduces readers to Mexicans and Central Americans who were sent back to Mexico after being arrested for entering Arizona illegally and others who have moved to a border city to find work so they can support their families. She hikes with volunteers who leave food and water on desert trails for migrants to find and use GPS to map the [...]

    18. I read this book for a book discussion group. It puts a human face on the many aspects of the so-called "illegal immigration" situation in the southwest. It tells the true stories of some of the thousands of undocumented workers who have risked (and in too many cases, lost) their lives trying to cross the Arizona desert and enter the U.S. in hopes of finding a job so they can feed their families. Their stories, as well as the stories of the many humanitarians trying to help them, the rescuers, a [...]

    19. I read this a couple of years ago for a UU Bookgroup. Since it has been so long since I read it, I don't really remember the details, but I can't make myself go back and re-read it. What I do remember is that it was one of the more biased, hyperbolic pieces of propaganda I've read in a long time. The author is clearly biased; the emigrants are saints while the US gov't and those enforcing the laws are evil. The author also really indulges in hyperbole. At one point she seems to be comparing the [...]

    20. "The Death of Josseline" is a must read for every person who wishes to understand the complicated issue of immigration. Josseline was a teenage girl who died out in the desert while trying to cross the border and reach her mother in Los Angeles. Josseline's story is just one of the many, and although the focus of the stories is on the Arizona Borderlands, the stories represent problems facing the U.S. and other countries. Author Margaret Regan does an excellent job at presenting all viewpoints [...]

    21. The very title of this work of journalism reminds us that each migrant crossing a border is a human being, who has been brought into the world and given a name. Regan does a thorough job of presenting a decade of deaths and border crossings specifically in Arizona, woven together with developments in immigration politics and policies state and nation-wide. She interviews those who cross, those who live along the border on both sides, and those who are there to enforce the increasingly visible li [...]

    22. I generally live by the theory that most errors can be blamed not on a conspiracy, but on just plain incompetency. This book, I believe, was written to prove me wrong.How Congress can continue to fund the construction of a wall dividing the border between the United States and it's friendly neighbor to the south - a wall which does not prevent the migration of people, but does prevent the migration of animals - for an annual outlay of $775 million dollars annually, is just unconscionable. The De [...]

    23. In picking up The Death of Josseline, it was clear to me that the author has a point of view that she prefers and throughout the presentation of information it is maintained. The author presents her information clearly, with a good deal of research that she has done. With touching clarity, she provides insight into the human drama that continues to plague the south western states. There are points where the writing gets repetitive, and the statistics are not well threaded in the narratives and a [...]

    24. Margaret Regan does it right in The Death of Josseline. She explores many different but interconnected aspects (humanitarian, political, economic, environmental, legal, medical) of the crisis on the US/Mexico border. Regan accomplishes this while maintaining journalistic and social integrity and fulfilling a commitment to fairly represent the individual realities and perspectives of several undocumented immigrants and documented US citizens.This kind of measured, well-informed, and at times hear [...]

    25. This horrific documentation of immigration stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands includes the tragic attempted crossing by fourteen-year-old Josseline Jamileth Hernández Quinteros. At five feet tall and a hundred pounds she was in charge of bringing her ten-year-old brother to their mother in Los Angeles, but she fell ill and ordered her brother to go on without her. By the weekend, the brother makes it to L.A. A few weeks later, a dead body in the desert is found and identified as Jossel [...]

    26. I just finished reading this book after coming back from the borderlands volunteering with the group No More Deaths. Reading the stories of real people whose lives are impacted by the border really brings home the insanity of u.s. border policies and the tragedies that occur because of them. From little girls dying in the desert to mothers whose young children forget who they are while they're locked up in a detention center, to families ripped apart and people reluctantly ripped from their home [...]

    27. I think everyone in America, and especially those creating policy, should read this book in order to have a better understanding of what American "immigration" policy is causing. Living in a border state, I realize there are many opinions about the migrants/illegals/undocumented and I think, as humans, we all have to remember that they are humans too. I doubt there is a person in America who, if starving, wouldn't do everything in their power to make their situation better if they could, That is [...]

    28. This book is a pretty good primer for border issues. I had already read the Devil's Highway which is also a good primer but they were different as well. This book is not about the Death of Josseline (as opposed to Devil's Highway which was about a specific event). Instead, the beginning is a basic primer and then we have some things that you might not get from other books a visit to a couple who live along the fence, a visit to a reservation along the border, a visit to Cafe Justo in Mexico etc. [...]

    29. Margaret Regan is a reporter on a Tucson paper and has been covering the border for many years. She tells the tale of immigration through the eyes of migrants, people trying to reduce the death toll, Border Patrol officers and landholders close to the line. The influx of crossers from southern Mexico and Central America is tied to NAFTA, which allowed cheap corn from the US to devastate an economy based on small farms raising corn and coffee. Homeland Security's fence and suspension of normal en [...]

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