Book Review: “Crossing with the Virgin” By Ferguson, Price and Parks

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. In many cases people who live near the border used to pass back and forth without much ado. Now, it’s a security problem and Americans are tired of providing free health care and education to those here illegally.

The authors say we have a moral and ethical duty to provide aid and comfort to those attempting the crossing. I agree we have a problem and I’m there are the Good Samaritans who risk their lives and give their time to help migrants caught in the desert. However, we can’t allow people to just cross. We may have legitimate threats to our national security.

Thinking people should find a solution to the border crisis. Some answers might be free access to the U.S. with a work permit, like the old bracero program. Or we could do away with the automatic citizenship for births of illegals. Or we could work with the unions to allow unlimited migration as long as they carry a work permit. |We must figure out a path to citizenship for immigrants who want to live here in the open. That’s the humane thing to do.

BTW, Richard Maybury in his latest “Early Warning Report” fears a civil war is coming to Mexico. If he is right, there will be thousands of refugees wanting to escape to safety. In all of history, he says, when millions of refugees were fleeing a war, there hasn’t been a time when refugees have been prevented from crossing a border. We could be facing a much bigger problem!

I will choose the best comment to this post and send my copy of this book to you, free of charge.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: “Crossing with the Virgin” By Ferguson, Price and Parks”

  1. I often enjoy immigrant stories….this sounds like an interesting one. Thanks for participating in the green books campaign.

  2. This sounds like a very interesting and important book. We have similar issues with immigration in the UK. If refugees are genuinely fleeing civil disorder or outright war then we in the richer more peaceful countries must have some degree of moral obligation. But in other situations it can be so much more complex, as you say with all the best will in the world, you can’t just let everyone in but how do you choose?
    I lived in Malawi for a couple of years, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world but the way it treated refugees fleeing the war in Mozambique could have offered lessons to richer countries. The refugee camps on the border were tidy and well built, and the refugees i met were well integrated into Malawian life. Sorry for such a long comment, but its an issue that i think is vitally important and this sounds like an excellent book!

  3. If you were going to send your Kindle along with the book I might comment.

  4. Crafty Green Poet, for the best comment I will send you my copy of the book if you will email me your address:

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