Decades of Immigration Deterrence Policies and the Current Border “Crisis”

DIn the January 17, 2019 issue of the New York Review of Books, Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River (2018) writes that

The true crisis at the border is not one of surging crossings or growing criminality, but one of our own increasing disregard for human life. To describe what we are seeing as a ‘crisis,’ however, is to imply that our current moment is somehow more horrifying than those that have recently set the stage for it—moments that, had we allowed ourselves to see them and be horrified by them, might have prevented our arrival here in the first place.

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