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

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

Terry Greene Sterling

Language: English

Pages: 256


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Terry Greene Sterling immerses herself in the closed communities of the undocumented in 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.

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travelers cut the pipe to get water, his cattle went thirsty. Fences were cut, litter was everywhere, and traffickers deposited loads of drugs here and there. Krentz was a big, stocky man, and you wouldn’t want to cross him. His blue eyes grew fiercely angry when he spoke of the environmental devastation on his beloved family ranch. He always called the Border Patrol when he spotted migrants or drug traffickers, and sometimes the Border Patrol was slow to respond, which made him even more

and steady at certain times, when school let out, after the workday, on weekends. The first year, Inocencio reported a personal income of $72,000 and paid taxes on it. Araceli and Inocencio bought a house (in the same neighborhood where Inocencio’s siblings lived) for $156,000. Araceli indulged herself with frequent trips to Mervyns and Ross. Then, in late 2008, business began to decline. The Employer Sanctions Act had taken effect. Sheriff Joe stepped up his raids of Latino neighborhoods and

could buy queso fresco, fresh cheese. He told us some immigrant dairy workers made the cheese by hand and sold it as a side business. There was a big market for the crumbly white cheese, which was often sprinkled on Mexican dishes. We pulled into the second dairy, followed a little dirt road past the owner’s house, past white goats in a pen, past a red-brown horse locked in a corral, past dairy cows craning their necks through fence slats to compete with chickens for scraps of feed. Rounding a

and he became distracted by a text message. After thanking Eddie, I eased the car around thickets of barbed wire, discarded fans that had once cooled cow barns, rickety farm equipment, a mountain of used tires, and the skeletons of old vehicles. We passed a silvery pond filled with wastewater generated by the daily hosing down of cows and milking barns. A ladder leaned against a giant prickly pear cactus. Someone had climbed the ladder and harvested a few of the tender new cactus buds, or

sometimes Erika) for many hours over the span of three months. I also interviewed Rodrigo’s friends. The information on Latinos in construction came from my interview with David Jones of the Arizona Contractors Association in 2008. Other sources included: Jennifer Hirsch, Sergio Meneses, Brenda Thompson, Mirka Negroni, Blanca Pelcastre, and Carlos del Rio, “The Inevitability of Infidelity: Sexual Reputation, Social Geographies, and Marital HIV Risk in Rural Mexico,” American Journal of Public

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