Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone

Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone (Paperback)

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Terry Greene Sterling enters the fearful ghettoes of Arizona, the gateway for nearly half of the nation's undocumented immigrants and the state that is the least welcoming toward them, to tell the stories of the men, women, and children who have crossed the border. 

About the Author


Terry Greene Sterling is Writer-in-Residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and has won forty-nine national and regional journalism awards. A Spanish speaker, she was a staff writer for Phoenix New Times for fourteen years. She is a contributor to The Daily Beast; her work has also appeared in the Washington Post and Newsweek, as well as on salon.com. Follow her on Twitter @tgsterling or at terrygreenesterling.com.

Praise for Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone…


“Terry Greene Sterling puts a human face on a dishonest immigration debate. The sheriff is ugly, the laws harsh and pointless, the people poor, eager, hunted—and the people are our new neighbors regardless of our neighborhoods. Read this moving and surprising book before speaking out on who belongs here and who does not. You’ll be happy you did.”            

—Charles Bowden, award-winning journalist and author of Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

 

“Immigration is the twenty-first century’s Grapes of Wrath. And, like John Steinbeck, Terry Greene Sterling focuses on the people of illegal immigration—victims and perps—to show us what life is truly like on the frontlines of the immigration issue. From official neglect to rape, murder, kidnapping, and death, Sterling takes the lid off the world of illegal immigration and exposes the whole snake pit.”

—Paul Perry, New York Times bestselling author, documentary filmmaker

 

“What a vivid portrayal of the Arizona immigrant underground. Illegal is not afraid to show the bad decisions immigrants make along with their resilience and strength of spirit. This is the total picture, a heartbreaking one in a state that has chosen to demonize its Mexican residents.”

—Tony Ortega, Editor in Chief, The Village Voice

 

“No one brings you into the illegal immigration underground quite like Terry Greene Sterling. Her gritty descriptions of border crossers, transvestites, and child molesters will linger in your thoughts.  Her achingly beautiful accounts of everyday people and tragic situations really stick with you. From Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bravado to a locked-up mom’s longing for her child, the stories in Illegal are strikingly vivid, and the author’s reporting flawless. No one should even attempt to speak on the matter of illegal immigration in Arizona without reading Illegal first.”

—Ashlea Deahl, editor of PHOENIX magazine

 

“Arizona is ground zero in America’s immigration battles and Terry Greene Sterling writes about the struggles of the people involved with authority, passion and compassion. Her insights and observations are detailed with nuance and substance that can’t be acquired by dropping in when the story is hot. This book and her blog, White Woman in the Barrio, reflect her ongoing commitment to telling stories about the people in addition to the policies that are front and center in the immigration wars. If you want to understand what is going on in Arizona now, Illegal is the book to read.”

—Rick Rodriguez, Carnegie and Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

 



“[A] prize-winning journalist’s vivid stories of the real people behind the stereotypes, undocumented immigrants living with the already harsh legal atmosphere of Phoenix.”

—Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times book editor

 

“At times, Sterling’s book reads like Shakespearean tragedy: people making difficult choices in impossible circumstances. And like classic tragedies, the cast of characters here includes opportunists, those who prey on the vulnerable, attention-seekers, and the well meaning. No wonder all of this leads to the extremes of human emotion, such as anger and rage. Throughout the book, Sterling’s telling of these stories is honest and thoughtful.” 

—Sativia Peterson, Phoenix New Times 

 

"...documentation of the heart of an immigration war makes for an involving, thought-provoking survey for any discussion on illegal immigration and immigration and civil liberties in America."- Midwest Book Review

Product Details ISBN-10: 1599218615
ISBN-13: 9781599218618
Published: Lyons Press, 07/01/2010
Pages: 256
Language: English




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