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Speakers and Film Screening: Crossing Arizona

Sep/24/2008 - 6:30 pm

September 24, 2008
6:30pm
Bahen Centre - Room 1180
40 St. George Street
Free

The No One Is Illegal Student Network presents the award winning film by Joseph Mathew and Dan Devivo, Crossing Arizona.

Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers – an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.

"Crossing Arizona" examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods. Humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives. Political activists rally against anti-migrant ballot initiatives and try to counter rampant fear mongering. Farmers who depend on the illegal work force face each day with the fear that they may lose their workers to a border patrol sweep. And now there are the Minutemen, an armed citizen patrol group taking border security into their own hands. As up-to-date as the nightly news, but far more in-depth, "Crossing Arizona" reveals the surprising political stances people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone.

Every year thousands die trying to cross borders, while many more are brutally arrested and deported. Learn more about the increasing criminalization of those trying to escape poverty, war and occupation in order to survive.