Crossing the Line: Finding America in the Borderlands

About the Book

It was family separation and "kids in cages" that drove Sarah Towle to the U.S. southern border. On discovering the many-headed hydra that is the U.S. immigration system--and the heroic determination of those caught under its knee--she could never look away again. Crossing the Line: Finding America in the Borderlands charts Sarah's journey from outrage to activism to abolition as she exposes, layer by "broken" layer, the global deterrence to detention to deportation complex that is failing everyone--save the profiteers and demagogues who benefit from it.

Deftly weaving together oral storytelling, history, and memoir, Sarah illustrates how the U.S. has led the retreat from post-WWII commitments to protecting human rights. Yet within the web of normalized cruelty, she finds hope and inspiration in the extraordinary acts of ordinary people who prove, every day, there is a better way. By amplifying their voices and celebrating their efforts, Sarah reveals that we can welcome with dignity those most in need of safety and compassion. In unmasking the real root causes of the so-called "crisis" in human migration, she urges us to act before we travel much farther down our current course--one which history will not soon forgive, or forget.

About the Author

Sarah Towle is an educator, researcher, and writer; a human rights defender, nature lover, and vocalist. She resides in an ephemeral borderlands, buffeted and buoyed by a diversity of languages, cultures, landscapes, and creeds. She has taught English language literacy, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution skills, and the writing craft for three decades across four continents in myriad classroom contexts, including under the trees in refugee settings.

An award-winning children’s author, Sarah has earned accolades for her interactive tales for educational tourism. Crossing the Line: Finding America in the Borderlands is her debut full-length book.

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ISBN: 9781647425791
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Published: She Writes Press - June 18th, 2024