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Showdown in the Sonoran DesertReligion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy$
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Ananda Rose

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.001.0001

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Fencing Arizona: Meditations on a Wall

Fencing Arizona: Meditations on a Wall

(p.87) Chapter 6 Fencing Arizona: Meditations on a Wall
Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Ananda Rose

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history and vision of the U.S.–Mexico barrier wall, in particular the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which allowed for 700 additional miles of fencing to be constructed along the border, much of it in Arizona, including the “virtual wall.” It addresses the nature of borders, as chaotic and historically contested spaces, and the logic of building walls along international borders as a means of attempting to control these erratic convergence zones. It also lays out an array of opinions concerning the U.S.–Mexico barrier wall itself, the costs and benefits of such a wall, and the difficulties of construction and maintenance.

Keywords:   Secure Fence Act, U.S.–Mexico barrier wall, fence, wall, virtual wall, SBI-Net, security, sovereignty, law, Sasabe, Naco, Border Field State Park, Gadsden Purchase, Treaty of Guadalupe

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