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- DescriptionThe Tea Party and its allies celebrate the rogue states of the Southwest as a model for the nation in their go-it-alone posturing and tough immigration-enforcement talk. In Border Wars, dogged investigative journalist Tom Barry documents the costs of that model: lives lost; families torn apart; billions of wasted tax dollars; vigilantes prowling the desert; and fiscal crises in cities, counties, and states. Even worse, he warns, the entire nation risks following their lead. As Barry explains, the lack of coherent federal policy on immigration and drug war conduct and the uncritical embrace of all things in the name of national security has opened doors for opportunists from boardrooms to goverr's offices in Texas and Arizona. Corporate-prison magnates eagerly swallow up undocumented immigrants into taxpayer-funded dungeons, border sheriffs and politicians trade on voters' fears of Latis and big government, and pro-business policy institutes and lobbyists battle the public interest. Border Wars offers a stark portrait of the domestic cost of failed federal leadership in the post-9/11 era.
- Author BiographyTom Barry, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for International Policy, is author of many books, including The Great Divide and Zapata's Revenge. His article A Death in Texas was a finalist for a 2010 National Magazine Award for reporting in the public interest.
- Author(s)Tom Barry
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/10/2011
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleBoston Review Books
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Weight272 g
- Width114 mm
- Height178 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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