Immigration is a hot-button issue in the Southwest -- and in Arizona in particular. With hundreds of miles of borderland, crossing into America is tempting, but also challenging. Every day scores of people attempt the perilous journeys across blistering deserts, and every day many are left for dead. Those who survive are faced with the challenge of living in a new land where stringent immigration policies constantly spark local -- and national -- debate. “Crossing the Border,” on display at ASU's Hayden Library and sponsored by the Chicano/a Research Collection and Arizona Collection, examines the history of people risking everything for the American dream, the factors that drive them, and the endless battle over immigration reform. The exhibit includes contributions from Puente Human Rights Movement, District 29 Senator Steve Gallardo, and a dozen others.
See what all the debate is about at the free exhibit on Monday, March 31, at 300 East Orange Mall. The library is open 24 hours that day. Call 480-965-6164 or visit www.facebook.com/ChicanoCollection.
March 6-June 21, 10 a.m., 2014