Dying to Live
A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
by Joseph Nevins, with photographs by Mizue Aizeki
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A compelling account of U.S. immigration and border enforcement told through the journey of one man who perished in California’s Imperial Valley while trying to reunite with his wife and child in Los Angeles. At a time when Republicans and Democrats alike embrace increasingly militaristic border enforcement policies under the guise of security, and local governments around the country are taking matters into their own hands, Dying to Live offers a timely challenge to such prescriptions and puts a human face on the rapidly growing crisis. Moreover, it provides a valuable perspective on the historical geography of U.S.-Mexico relations, and immigration and boundary enforcement, illustrating its profound impact on people’s lives, and deaths. In the end, the authors offer a provocative, human-rights-based vision of what must be done to stop the fatalities and injustices endured by migrants and their loved ones.
Joseph Nevins and Mizue Aizeki spent several years working on the book, researching and documenting life in southern California, the U.S-Mexico borderlands, and central Mexico. Aizeki is a documentary photographer and activist on issues of workers rights and immigrant detention and deportation. Nevins is an associate professor of geography at Vassar College, and the author of A Not-so-distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor, and Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the “Illegal Alien” and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.
“Starting from one man’s blackened corpse, the tale wends its way across the desert of racial amnesia to reveal the sources of America’s reactionary (and futile) attempt at closure of a porous frontier. Deftly stitching together disparate times and places–from the Imperial Valley to Zacatecas to Mexicali and back to East L.A.–Nevins and Aizeki weave a memorial quilt to the hundreds of innocents in unmarked graves.”
Richard Walker, professor of geography, UC Berkeley, and author of The Conquest of Bread and The Country in the City
“Dying to Live is a compelling, perceptive and invaluable book for our times. Our new apartheid, as explored here, is as bleak and hostile as the landscapes in which people lose their lives trying merely to survive. Those lives delineated here are unforgettable.”
Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales and Highwire Moon
Watch Amy Goodman interview Joe Nevins on “Democracy Now!”
Read excerpts of Dying to Live, including the table of contents, index, and bibliography
See Mizue Aizeki’s powerful photographs from the book
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