Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

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This book offers reflections on a daunting and controversial ethical question: How should we treat the strangers who enter this country illegally? To understand the experience of those directly confronted by this problem, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran desert at the border between the U.S. and Mexico. There she gathered opinions from Minutemen, Border Patrol agents, Catholic nuns, humanitarian air workers, left-wing protestors, ranchers, and other ordinary citizens in southern Arizona. She depicts the results of these interviews as two starkly opposed ideological perspectives: that of religious activists who embrace a biblically-inspired model of hospitality that stresses love of strangers and a qborderlessq compassion; and that of law enforcement, which is concerned with safety, security, and strict respect for international borders.a€œHe would welcome them, no doubt, a€ he said at a pro-immigrant rally in front of the De Concini courthouse in Tucson. a€œIta#39;s all over the Bible: love your neighbor, help the stranger, treat the least of these with utmost compassion. Folks like theanbsp;...

Title:Showdown in the Sonoran Desert
Author:Ananda Rose
Publisher:OUP USA - 2012-06-01


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