A collection of personal accounts stemming from Arizona's illegal immigration crisis.

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With Americans on all sides of the issue up in arms and Congress embroiled in a knock-down-drag-out policy battle over how to move forward, CROSSING ARIZONA tells the story of how we got to where we are today. Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers - an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are Mexican men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their husbands and fathers. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security. "Crossing Arizona" examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods. Humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an ... Written by Crossing AZ LLC

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You mean that immigration is a complicated problem?
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are no simple answers to the problem of immigration contrary to what Lou Dobbs or what Bill O'Reilly says and this film documents all the divergent views of what should be done. Since I live in southern Arizona I saw some very familiar faces who have been involved in this for a long time. The desperation of courage of the "economic refugees" was inspirational to me and this film documented that. If you don't understand the complexities of immigration---Arizona style you must see this movie! Whether your view is "close the borders" or "how can I help these poor people" Crossing Arizona is a good way to discover the entire story. What are the jobs that have been promised to the immigrant? I did not see any explanation of that. The way I understand it, most have a promise of a job in a distant US city if they can travel there.

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