Ray argues that the crisis of undocumented immigration in the border wildernesses is more a crisis of human security than it is one of national or environmental security.
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Assistant Professor of English, published her article, "Endangering the Desert: Immigration, the Environment, and Security in the Arizona-Mexico Borderland," in the (late) Autumn 2010 issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment. In this article, Ray draws on field research in Organ Pipe Monument and the Coronado Forest to argue that the crisis of undocumented immigration in the border wildernesses is more a crisis of human security than it is one of national or environmental security, despite anti-immigrant ‘green’ rhetoric that calls for more walls and border patrol presence to stem the ‘tide’ of immigration. Such rhetoric passes xenophobia as ecological sensitivity and resuscitates a tradition of ‘green hate’ among environmentalists, while it ignores the broader geopolitical and economic contexts that drive immigrants into delicate border environments. Check it out at the Egan Library!