Regan, Death of Josseline, Introduction & Chapters 1, 5, 8, 9. Write a response to question 1 and one other question of your choice. Each response should be 500 words.

1. According to the Federation for Immigration Reform, a prominent immigration restriction group illegal immigration to the US undermines legal immigration, flouts American sovereignty “draining public funds, creating unfair competition for jobs with America’s least prepared workers and thereby lowering wages and working conditions, and … imposing unwanted strains on services designed to provide assistance to Americans.”

After reading the Death of Josseline are you more or less sympathetic to FAIR’s argument that ” legal immigration causes harm to Americans and legal residents” and that further efforts should be taken to police the border and empower states to aprehend undocumented immigrants.

Explain your response drawing on at least 3 specific episodes in the book.

2. No More Deaths activists have the most contentious relationship with law enforcement of all the southern Arizona groups. Humane Borders, for example, always gets permission to place its water tanks on public land. (The Tohono O’odham activist Mike Wilson is the exception.) Should activists be arrested for pursuing what they believe are humanitarian goals but nonetheless impede border law enforcement and perhaps encourage dangerous migrations? Numerous activists have been arrested on charges of littering for placing water bottles in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Are these littering charges appropriate. How far would you be willing to go to save a human life? Would you be willing to break laws, be arrested and face charges and possible jail time? If so, is this the cause you would be willing to break a law or some other cause?

4. Some readers of the book have criticized Josseline’s mother, Sonia, for arranging for her children to travel without her from El Salvador to Los Angeles. Why did Sonia do this? Did she have other options? Should Sonia have taken this risk? Should she have given 14-year-old Josseline the heavy responsibility of caring for her 10-year-old brother on such a long and dangerous journey? How far would you go to reunite your family?

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