All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. by Stephanie Elizondo Griest

By Stephanie Elizondo Griest

After a decade of chasing tales world wide, intrepid go back and forth author Stephanie Elizondo Griest the magnetic pull home--only to find that her local South Texas were appreciably reworked in her absence. Ravaged by way of drug wars and barricaded via an eighteen-foot metal wall, her ancestral land had turn into the nation's most excellent crossing floor for undocumented staff, a lot of whom perished alongside the best way. The frequency of those tragedies gave the look of a poor twist of fate, sooner than Elizondo Griest moved to the hot York / Canada borderlands. as soon as she started to meet Mohawks from the Akwesasne state, besides the fact that, she well-known notable parallels to lifestyles at the southern border. Having misplaced their land via devious treaties, their mom tongues at English-only faculties, and their conventional occupations via capitalist ventures, Tejanos and Mohawks alike fight less than the legacy of colonialism. poisonous industries encompass their neighborhoods whereas the U.S. Border Patrol militarizes them. scuffling with those forces are legions of artists and activists dedicated to retaining their indigenous cultures. advanced trust platforms, in the meantime, conjure miracles. In All the brokers and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of reports right into a meditation at the existential influence of foreign borderlines by way of illuminating the areas in among and the folks who reside there.

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