Inside Migrants’ Lives On The US-Mexican Border


This week’s NatGeo Book Talk, by Jason de Leon, takes an often disturbing look into the problems surrounding the US-Mexican border, where more than 5 m migrants have been detained in the last decade trying to cross the desert into Arizona. What startled me was the idea that the bureaucrats who framed the Prevention Through Deterrence policy, which sought to manage migrant flows, had built into it the idea of using the fiercely hot, remote Sonoran Desert as a deterrent. The result is that thousands of migrants perish in the desert every year, their bones often not recovered.

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