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Two quotes ….

May 19, 2012


… from Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America’s Desert Borderlands in the New Era, by John Annerino


“The American desert is our national policymakers’ last line of defense against the huddled masses who still struggle across the U.S.-Mexico border yearning to breathe free. But the Wall, the Border Patrol’s failure to hold the line at the line, the sight of paisanos’ bodies, mummified remains, and skeletons, the deadly gunfire of the bajadores, caza-migrantes, and vigilantes, and the abandoned water stations in the killing desert will not stop them. The hundreds of backpacks I see scattered at a remote pickup point one hot day in Sonoran Desert National Monument are mute testimony of their willingness to sacrifice everything for a better life in America.”

“We should be honored that our nation of immigrants still offers that hope.” _ From the Introduction.




“I often wonder how in the world a guy can even think he can come across the desert, walking 30, 40, 50 miles…..but if that was the only way to feed my family, I’d sure be trying to come up here.” _ Joe H. McGraw, U.S. Border Patrol.

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