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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; First Edition edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816528543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816528547
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In this gut-wrenching collection of true stories, authors Price, Parks, and Ferguson provide an eyes-on-the-ground look at illegal immigration in Arizona. The three Tuscon residents are members of the "Samaritans," volunteers who patrol the Arizona desert, in opposition to law-enforcing Border Patrol, offering water and medical assistance to Mexican workers crossing illegally to find work. The journey is physically grueling--daytime temperatures on the desert floor can reach 130 degrees--but the bureaucratic challenges are daunting, too: "˜Operation Streamline,' a Border Patrol policy, selects one hundred migrants a day to prosecute as criminals." Besides the risk of pain and death, each migrant worker's quest means the separation of families, perhaps permanently. The reality is that emergency medical care is the only thing that saves sick or injured migrants making the trip; the subject of one story had half his foot snapped off in a railcar and spent seven nights stranded in the desert before finally finding (temporary) solace at the clinic where Price, a physician, volunteers. Trading off chapters, the authors deliver immigrants' stories calmly and objectively, but their compassionate message is clear, and especially timely in light of Arizona's controversial new immigrant laws. Though difficult to read, this important collection provides vital, humanizing perspective on a divisive issue, with stories that will stick with readers for a long time.
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"Trading off chapters, the authors deliver immigrants' stories calmly and objectively, but their compassionate message is clear, and especially timely in light of Arizona's controversial new immigrant laws. Though difficult to read, this important collection provides vital, humanizing perspective on a divisive issue, with stories that will stick with readers for a long time." —Publishers Weekly starred review

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margaret E. Sievers on April 30, 2010
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Along with Margaret Regan's The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands, Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail presents a very personal and current look at the struggle of the migrant crossers along the Arizona-Sonora border, and of the humanitarians who drive and walk the desert with life-saving water and food. The three authors share eloquently their first-hand experiences with crossers whom they have saved from certain death. The impact comes, not from the numbers, but from the human face of the tragedy presented by Ferguson, Price, and Parks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DBorley on May 20, 2011
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I love this book. Each chapter is a new story. It helped give me an understanding of what these people are going through all for a chance for a better life. I have recently opened my eyes to this tragic situation. I have been reading and watching everything I can get my hands on about this. This book is definitly at the top of my list on this subject. I highly recommend.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike D. Landfair on January 12, 2011
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I received "Crossing with the Virgin stories from the migrant trail" by Kathryn Ferguson, Norma Price and Ted Parks, published in 2010 by the University of Arizona Press. As part of the Green Books campaign, Eco-Libris conducts a campaign each year to encourage the use of recycled paper in books. Right now "...more than 30 Million trees are cut down annually for virgin paper used for the production of books sold in the U.S. alone." This book review and all other reviews of books printed on recycled paper will appear on this day, November 10, 2010.

The authors Ferguson, Price and Parks present harrowing tales of migrants crossing from Mexico into Arizona, a border that is protected not so much by a fence but the hot and arid Arizona desert near Nogales. The authors believe the illegal immigrant problem is a moral and ethical problem for us. We allow these desperate people to come into our country and die on the way to freedom. Many perish because they fall in the dark and break bones and are abandoned or they run out of water and suffer dehydration. Many are women and children.

They come here to work in jobs Americans won't do. They put aside money to bring their families across or send money home so their families can have a better life in Mexico south. The authors are part of an independent group of Good Samaritans who search for migrants and provide water, food, clothes and health care. Many times the Border Patrol isn't happy with their assistance, because they are risking their lives chasing after the illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol might capture some and deport them and capture them again and again.

One naturally sympathizes with the immigrants. The authors want you to believe their motives are pure. They just want a better life.
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