The campus read of 2021-2022, A Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu, tells a wonderful story of identity, history, and immigration. This story brings up a number of broader contemporary topics of politics, human rights, and militarization of the border, and nuanced topics such as the harshness of many border patrol workers, the laws they enforce and follow, and the militarization of the border. These topics and their real-world manifestations are supplemented by a thorough literature review of works from prominent immigration scholars in fields of social work, anthropology, history, journalism, and government. This paper takes a look at the campus read, as well as a number of other contemporary sources on immigration and human rights to discuss how these topics manifest in modern political thought and legal regulations on immigration allowance or reform, as well as other topics.
Red Klug, Riley
"A Line Becomes a River: An Introduction to the Border,"
Journal of the Campus Read: Vol. 2, Article 5.
Available at: https://researchrepository.wvu.edu/jcr/vol2/iss1/5