Thursday, March 10, 2011

Book Review: Illegals by Darrell Ankarlo

In Illegals, The Unacceptable Cost Of America’s Failure To Control Its Borders, Darrell Ankarlo didn’t just complain about illegal immigration, he became a part of it. The author braves illegal border crossings to get a real handle on the issue of illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States and back. Illegal immigration is such a hot button issue, and the author really wanted to expose it for what it is: dangerous. Not only do illegals risk their lives due to climate, but some are drug mules who die from drug balloons bursting inside them.

I was surprised at the compassion I felt for some of the situations of the people trying to get into America. I have no problem with immigration; I have a very big problem with illegal immigration. That hasn’t changed. I found myself understanding perhaps a bit more about why so many people are willing to risk their lives to enter our country. This country needs to step up its immigration laws and procedures, to be sure. But the immigrants are certainly not the only ones to blame. Many people will hire illegal migrant workers because they work so hard and for such little money. That does NOT help the problem.

I recommend this book. It will give you a different perspective regardless of on what side of the fence you stand.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Patty Ann said...

Living in Arizona, I can tell you that this is a very hot issue. I have family members on both sides of the fence and it is often the innocent ones who suffer the most because of it. I haven't read this particular book, but I have spoken with many people (legal and illegal) and have heard many of the reasons for coming to America, but I have to admit that we don't do the best we could do to take care of the problem.

Kerri said...

I really think Arizona has it right. I know some people think it's harsh, but when you look at the devastating financial effects of illegal immigration (billions), you have to wonder what else to do!

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

Sounds interesting. Have you ever seen the movie "Crossing Over" with Harrison Ford. It was also about illegal immigration. I found some of the stories portrayed quite touching.

Cheers :-)
- CoconutPalmDesigns

Renee Ann said...

Sounds like a good book. I'll have to see if my library carries it. I definitely think we're suffering as a country because we refuse to secure our borders. And it is sad that the innocents suffer seemingly no matter what steps are taken . . .