Join "Border Songs" author Jim Lynch for a panel discussion about border issues in our community, "Perspectives on Crossing the Line", Wednesday February 23, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, in the Wilson Library Presentation Room, WL164, WWU.
Sponsored by Whatcom READS!, the the Border Policy Research Institute, and the Western Libraries.
As a reporter, Lynch spent time studying the western end of the U.S.-Canadian border, that nonsensical line that tries to follow the 49th parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific. The two countries are often divided by nothing more than a drainage ditch or nothing at all. Lynch spent time along the border after 9/11 and saw what it was like on both sides after the U.S. Border Patrol tripled its forces.
The quiet farmlands have turned into a prime battlefront on the war on terror AND the war on drugs. He started to see provocative material and comic potential. Lynch also soon began inventing characters on both sides of the line, including a young, dyslexic 6-foot-8 Border Patrol agent obsessed with birds, and "Border Songs" took shape.
Joining Lynch will be panelists Greg Boos, a local immigration attorney recognized as an expert in U.S. immigration law and policy by U.S. federal and state courts as well as by various tribunals outside of the U.S.; Chief John Bates, currently the Blaine chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol; Rosalind Guillen, “Executive Director of Community to Community Development based in Bellingham, WA. Rosalind was a former Labor organizer for Cesar Chavez’s UFW and now part of the food sovereignty movement organizing for human rights in the food system and immigration reform; and Gene Davis, retired from the U.S. Border Patrol after serving for 30 years. 21 of those years were spent in the Blaine Sector as a Border Patrol Agent, Patrol Agent in Charge, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, and as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent.