By Tom Barry
The Tea get together and its allies have a good time the rogue states of the Southwest as a version for the state of their go-it-alone posturing and hard immigration-enforcement speak. In Border Wars, dogged investigative journalist Tom Barry records the prices of that version: lives misplaced; households torn aside; billions of wasted tax funds; vigilantes prowling the desolate tract; and monetary crises in towns, counties, and states. Even worse, he warns, the total state hazards following their lead. As Barry explains, the shortcoming of coherent federal coverage on immigration and drug warfare behavior and the uncritical include of all issues within the identify of nationwide protection has opened doorways for opportunists from boardrooms to governor's workplaces in Texas and Arizona. Corporate-prison magnates eagerly swallow up undocumented immigrants into taxpayer-funded dungeons, border sheriffs and politicians exchange on electorate' fears of Latinos and "big government," and pro-business coverage institutes and lobbyists conflict the general public curiosity. Border Wars bargains a stark portrait of the household price of failed federal management within the post-9/11 period.
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