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Ethics of Now, Francisco Cantu
Raised in the Southwest, and a student of US/Mexico relations, Francisco Cantú wanted to see the realities of the border up-close. He enlisted as a US border patrol agent in 2008 and spent the next four years working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. During blistering days and frigid nights, he and his partners apprehended migrants who were risking their lives to cross to a new country. Haunted by his interactions with border-crossers and rattled by an inescapable proximity to violence, Cantú decided to return to civilian life, only to discover that the border had followed him home. When an immigrant friend traveled back to Mexico to visit his dying mother and didn’t return, Cantú found himself moved to uncover the entire story. His searing memoir, The Line Becomes a River, depicts the cruelties the border creates, for Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the line. Francisco Cantú and Adriane Lentz-Smith will have a conversation about his experiences and “Human Realities of the Border and Empathy.”

Feb 18, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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