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Showdown in the Sonoran Desert on Wednesday's Access Utah

Book cover: "Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy."

The immigration debate has raised some of the most difficult questions our nation has ever faced. How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human beings? How should a border be humanely and effectively maintained? To understand the experience of those directly impacted by the immigration crisis, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran Desert - a border region where the remains of 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past 10 years.  There she interviewed Minutemen, Border Patrol agents, Catholic nuns, humanitarian aid workers, ranchers 

  and many others.

The result is "Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy." With the debate on immigration ongoing in the U. S. Senate we revisit our conversation with Ananda Rose.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.