The Death Of Josseline: Immigration Stories From The Arizona Borderlands By Margaret Regan

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The Death of Josseline The book I chose to write a narrative about is called The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands written by Margaret Regan. This book humanizes migrating families and individuals while giving us insight on an issue that Arizona has been expressively dealing with: the movement of undocumented migrants that cross into Arizona, a state who’s anti-immigrant laws are the most stringent in the nation. The border is signified as different things to different people, which can be a very different place to individuals depending on the discourse and lenses shown as focal points. M. Regan attempts to connect these focal points to give us insight on the many voices and multi-dimensional representation …show more content…

Her mother worked illegally in California and her father in Maryland, both working in low-wage jobs. Both of her parents made a commitment to save enough money to reunite their family. Once they reached the amount of funds to par for both Josseline and he brother, they traveled with trusted friends along with other undocumented migrants. Josseline succumbed to sickness and injury and was left to die alone in the migrant trail by none other than the coyote (travel guide) left her behind. After a few weeks, Josseline’s body was found by a member of No More Deaths, a Tucson group determined to stop deaths of migrants in the Arizona desert. No More Deaths is one of the volunteer organizations that sets out water and food along the trails in support of migrants in search of a better life. After many tests and pre-confirmations from landowners and fellow migrants on the trail, including her brother, Josseline’s body was found. She completed her trip in a white plastic body bag; her body was then taken to California for her …show more content…

More immigrants are dying of exposure and dehydrations as they attempt to walk across the dangerous desert county. Accurate statistics are impossible because not all bodies are found. Regan interviewed many resident Arizonans with a roughly equal dislike for the illegal immigrants, who trespass on their property, leave litter and trash, and sometimes commit vandalism and theft, and the Border Patrol, which also has little regard for property rights. This includes residents of the Tohono O’odham Nation, whose Indian reservation touches on a big segment of the border.I was very surprised by how many of Regan’s stories were about migrants that were from El Salvador, Guatemala and other central American countries rather than Mexico

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