(Cadged from Marjorie King, Suzanne Hesh, Bob Phillips, and Roxanne Ramos)
Readings about migrants in Southern Arizona
Ferguson, Kathryn, Norma A. Price, and Ted Parks. Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010.
Regan, Margaret. Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire. Boston: Beacon Press, 2015. This Tucson Weekly columnist takes an intimate look at the people ensnared by the US detention and deportation system, the largest in the world. Using volatile Arizona as a case study, with special attention to the separation of families and the treatment of women, she conjures up the harshness of the detention centers and travels to Mexico to report on the fate of deportees stranded far from their families in the United States. The book is a humanizing and rare glimpse into the lives of those caught up in the US immigration enforcement cycle.
Regan, Margaret. The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010.
Urrea, Luis Alberto. The Devil’s Highway: A True Story. New York: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown Publishing, 2004.
Migration and the Church
Brown, Robert McAfee. Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1984.
Carroll, M. Daniel R. Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, Baker Publishing, 2008.
Campese, Gioacchino, CS. El Via Crucis de Jesus Migrante, The Way of the Cross of the Migrant Jesus. Liguori, MO: Liguori Press, 2006.
De La Torre, Miguel A. Reading the Bible from the Margins. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2002.
Groody, Daniel G. and Gioacchino Campese, editors. A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.
Kim, Fr. Simon C., compiler. El Via Crucis: The Migrant’s Way of the Cross. Liguori, MO: Liguori Press, 2013.
Maruskin, Joan M. Immigration and the Bible: A Guide for Radical Welcome. New York: Women’s Division, The General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, 2012.
Myers, Ched and Mathew Colwell. Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2012.
Shaull, Richard and Richard Falk. Naming the Idols: Biblical Alternatives for U.S. Foreign Policy. Meyer-Stone Books, 1988.
Soerens, Matthew and Jenny Hwang Yang. Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, Westmont, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009.
Bowden, Peg. Land of Hard Edges: Serving the Front Lines of the Border. (Tucson: Peer Publishing, 2014)
Dear, Michael. Why Walls Won't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Oscar Martinez, The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail. (Verso, 2013)
Montoya, Mace. The Deportation of Wopper Barraza: A Novel. (2014)
Cross-Border Tour Suggested Reading List (Border Community Alliance)
The Country Just Over the Fence, Paul Theroux, article NYT 2/26/2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/travel/nogales-mexico-a-few-steps-and-a-whole-world-away.html?pagewanted=all
A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in Short-Term U.S. Border Patrol Custody, No More Deaths, 2011, http://www.nomoredeaths.org/Abuse-Report-Culture-of-Cruelty/View-category.html
The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, Luis Alberto Urrea, Bay Back Books 2005
Documented Failures: The Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Michael S. Danielson, American University, Report prepared for the Kino Border Initiative Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A. and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with funding from Catholic Relief Services of Mexico, http://www.jesuit.org/jesuits/wp-content/uploads/Kino_FULL-REPORT_web.pdf
La Frontera: The Border, blog by BCA board member, Peg Bowden, www.arroya.org
Manifest Destiny | Luis Alberto Urrea | Orion Magazine
Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know, Roderic AI Camp, Oxford University Press 2011
Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070: A Case Study for State-Sponsored Immigration Policy, an honors thesis by USF graduate student and BCA/FESAC summer 2012 intern Ryan Murphy is available by contacting BCA at the address below.
Why Walls Won’t Work – repairing the US-Mexico divide, Michael Dear, Oxford University Press, 2013.
Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, The United States, And The Road Ahead By Shannon K. O'Neil, Oxford University Press, Inc. 2013
Border Community Alliance
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Kino Border Initiative (KBI) Movie List
By: Roxane Ramos
Over the past two decades, many films have addressed the trials and struggles, hopes and dreams of families and individuals who cross the U.S.–Mexico border to seek a better life and to be with loved ones. In addition to the titles listed below, there are also My Family (1995), Sin Nombre (2009), and A Better Life (2013).
Now a classic and one of the first movies about the struggles and hardships facing those who choose to migrate to the U.S., El Norte (1983) by Gregory Nava relates the experience of a teen-aged brother and sister who flee the violence of their home in Guatemala for the promise of a better life in Los Angeles.
Among the four narratives Alejandro González Iñárritu includes in Babel (2006), one details the interwoven lives of a San Diego family and their undocumented Mexican nanny and how crossing the border to attend a family wedding can result in painful and irreparable consequences.
Under the Same Moon (2007), directed by Patricia Riggen, makes palpable the dire and complicated decisions faced by separated families. An adolescent boy leaves Mexico after his grandmother dies to seek out his mother who works as a maid in the U.S.
In Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013), actor and activist Gael García Bernal retraces the journey of a migrant who died along the stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death,” providing a rare view of what migrants experience on el camino. Each year 400–500 migrants lose their lives during the crossing. For more information about the tragedy of migrant deaths in the desert, please see this article from the KBI July issue of Passages: www.kinoborderinitiative.org/deaths-in-the-desert/.
Documented (2013), a film by Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas, recounts Vargas’s experience of migrating to the U.S. at the age of 12 from the Philippines to live with his documented grandparents. Vargas speaks out about his undocumented status in the hopes of illuminating the challenges of mixed-status families and advocating for policy change.
https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/kbi-movie-list/ July 14, 2015.
KBI Reading List By: Roxane Ramos
The list below covers only a small selection of the books available about the migrant experience, immigration and border life. They include works of fiction, non-fiction volumes, art books, memoirs, and children’s books, and all help to inform us about the issues of immigration, cultural challenges, family separation and even basic survival.
The Devil’s Highway: A True Story Luis Alberto Urrea, Little, Brown and Company, 2004.
Enrique’s Journey Sonia Nazario, Random House, 2006.
The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place Judith Adler Hellman, New Press, 2008.
Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America’s Borderlands in the New Era John Annerino, University of Arizona Press, 2009.
Crossing With the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail Kathryn Ferguson, Norma A. Price and Ted Parks, University of Arizona Press, 2010.
Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.–Mexico Border Rachel St. John, Princeton University Press, 2011.
Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.–Mexico Border Crossings Steven Bender, NYU Press, 2012.
The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail Oscar Martínez, Verso, 2013.
Up Against the Wall: Reimagining the U.S.–Mexico Border Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkins, University of Texas Press, 2014.
Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa (with Mim Eichler Rivas), University of California Press, 2011.
Crossing Borders: Personal Essays Sergio Troncoso, Arte Público Press, 2011.
Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University Francisco Jiménez, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015.
The Land of Hard Edges: Serving the Front Lines of the Border Peg Bowden, Peer Publishing, 2014.
Women Hollering Creek and Other Stories Sandra Cisneros, Vintage, 1992.
The Long Night of White Chickens Francisco Goldman, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992.
Under the Feet of Jesus Helena María Viramontes, Plume, 1996.
Mother Tongue Demetria Martínez, One World/Ballantine, 1997.
The River Flows North Graciela Limón, Arte Público Press, 2009.
The Madonnas of Echo Park: A Novel Brando Skyhorse, Free Press. 2011.
Ambos Nogales: Intimate Portraits of the U.S.–Mexico Border Lawrence Taylor, School of American Research Press, 2002.
Crossings: Photographs from the U.S.–Mexico Border Alex Webb, Essay by Tom Miller, Monacelli Press, 2003.
Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border Kate Bonansinga, University of Texas Press, 2014.
Children: My Name Is Jorge (poems for ages 4–8) Jane Medina, WordSong, 1999.
My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta allá (for ages 7–10) Amada Irma Pérez, Children’s Book Press, 2002.
From North to South/Del norte al sur (for ages 6–9) René Laínez, Children’s Book Press, 2010.
In my Family/En mi familia (for ages 7–12) Carmen Garza, Children’s Book Press, 2013.
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale (for ages 6–9) Duncan Tonatuih, Harry N. Abrams, 2013.
Return to Sender (for ages 8–12) Julia Alvarez, Yearling, 2013.
https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/kbi-reading-list/ July 14, 2015.