The Land Of Open Graves : Living And Dying On The Migrant Trail

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There is a plague facing this country. You can hear all about it if you just turn on your T.V. With the election heating up this year the topic of illegal aliens and the steps that we need to take to prevent them from entering our country have become the hot button issue of the campaigning politician once again. We need to keep them out of America, you know? We should build a wall. And if they do somehow manage to get past all that concrete and barbed wire we need to hunt them down like animals and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. Anything so we can keep America for the real Americans. But what is a real American? A piece of paper? If not that, than how far back do you have to be able to trace your lineage to claim the right to live in this country? Author Jason De Leon aims to answer questions like this in his book, 'The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail '. De Leon, an anthropologist and expert in the field, took it upon himself to study the paths of immigrants coming into America through the Sonoran desert region in southern Arizona over the course of the last decade. De Leon walks in the footsteps of the disenfranchised fleeing their country from the littered, dangerous, loud streets of the Mexican border town of Nogales, Sonora, to the too bright, sweltering hot Sonoran desert. In this region temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months. It takes 3 to 5 days to cross the expanse from Nogales to

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