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Visiting Author – Margaret Regan

April 18, 2012

Join us for a Visiting Author presentation on Saturday, April 28 at 1:00 pm.
The Death Of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands
by Margaret Regan.

Margaret ReganFor more than a decade, Margaret Regan has reported on the chaos along the Arizona-Mexico border, ground zero for immigration since 2000. Undocumented migrants . . . cross into the state in overwhelming numbers, pushed into its dangerous deserts by a U.S. border policy that seals off safer urban crossings. In peak years, Border Patrol agents in Arizona’s Tucson Sector catch more than a thousand migrants a day. And Arizona has the highest number of migrant deaths. Set against the dramatic landscape of the untamed West—a rocky wilderness of mesquites and cacti, where summer temperatures hit 115—Regan’s book tells stories of the people caught up in this international tragedy. Traveling to both sides of the border, she visits migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and rides shotgun with the Border Patrol, hiking with them in the scorching Arizona desert.

Margaret Regan worked as a French editor for TV Guide magazine and as a children’s book editor in New York before she turned to journalism. Since 1986, she has lived with her family in Tucson, 64 miles from the border with Mexico. She has won many awards for her border reporting, her arts criticism, and her stories on the Irish immigrant experience. Formerly a staff writer for the Tucson Weekly, she is now a freelancer.

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