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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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Invasions, Floods, and Barbarians: What's to Be Afraid of?

Invasions, Floods, and Barbarians: What's to Be Afraid of?

(p.103) Chapter 7 Invasions, Floods, and Barbarians: What's to Be Afraid of?
Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Ananda Rose

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the fears that many Arizonans feel concerning illegal immigration, as well as the logic behind current anti-illegal immigration sentiment. It discusses the rise of Civil Patrol groups in southern Arizona and addresses the rationale of Border Patrol strategies to gain and maintain control of the border. It discusses the ways in which illegal immigration is having a detrimental effect on local ranchers, and addresses the criminal threats, domestic threats, and cultural threats that many anti-illegal immigration activists fear, not just in Arizona but across the nation. This chapter serves as a juxtaposition to the first half of the book, providing a stage for the voices of people who stress the need for law, order, and security at the border.

Keywords:   Civil Patrol groups, Minutemen, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, Patriot's Coalition, Border Patrol, Roger Barnett, terrorism, illegal immigration, Homeland Security, multiculturalism, patriotism, assimilation, diversity

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