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Virtual Event: Peter Laufer, Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border

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Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Village Books is pleased to welcome Peter Laufer in conversation with Peter B. Collins for discussion of Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border.


Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a discussion on this timely topic.
Up Against the Wall offers a step-by-step blueprint of radical proposals for the U.S.-Mexican border that go far beyond traditional initiatives to ease restrictions on immigration.The book argues that the border with Mexico should be completely open for Mexicans wishing to travel north. Placing the border in a historical perspective, Laufer shows how circumstances have deteriorated to the present Trump-exacerbated crisis, and why the region and the migration through it cannot be ignored. Laufer has interviewed dozens of authorities and men and women in the street while reporting from Mexico, along the border, and in the United States. Up Against the Wall is sure to provoke a lively debate over the future of Mexican immigration and global migration crises.
Fearlessly, Peter Laufer steps into the middle of the debate and states his case making points that will leave people shaking their heads. A primary text.” - Luis Urrea, author ofAcross the Wire and The Devil's Highway, professor at University of Illinois-Chicago

Peter Laufer, PhD holds the inaugural James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication where he was awarded the Marshall Prize for teaching innovation. A former and longtime global correspondent for NBC News, Laufer reports on borders, identities and migration. He has covered the requisite wars and earthquakes, coups and elections.

Peter B. Collins is a veteran radio host, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He's been talking about news and politics since Nixon was president, in Chicago, San Francisco, on satellite radio and in national syndication. He now hosts a daily podcast at

Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border Cover Image
By Peter Laufer, Vicente Fox (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781785275241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anthem Press - September 14th, 2020