Third Place Books presents an evening with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. Senator Merkley will appear in conversation with Ross Reynolds of KUOW. Event is free to attend; Receive two Priority Signing Line tickets to this event with each pre-purchase of America Is Better Than This.
Jeff Merkley couldn't believe his eyes. He never dreamed the United States could treat vulnerable young families with such calculated brutality. Few had witnessed what Merkley discovered just by showing up at the border and demanding to see what was going on behind closed doors. Contrary to the official stories and soothing videos, he found mothers and children, newborn babies and infants, stranded for days on border bridges in blistering heat or locked up in ice-cold holding pens. There were nearly 1,500 boys jammed into a former Walmart, a child tent prison in the desert with almost 3,000 boys and girls, and children struggling to survive in gang-filled Mexican border towns after they were blocked from seeking asylum in the United States. Worst of all, there were the children ripped out of their parents' arms and sorted into cages in some profoundly warped attempt to discourage migration. America Is Better Than This tells the inside story of how one senator, with no background as an immigration activist, became a leading advocate for reform of the brutal policies that have created a humanitarian crisis on the southern U.S. border. It represents the heartfelt and candid voice of a concerned American who believes his country stands for something far bigger and better.
Jeff Merkley is a senator from Oregon, serving in the US Senate since 2009.
Ross Reynolds is executive producer for Community Engagement at KUOW. Ross came to KUOW in 1987 as news director, and has hosted The Record and The Conversation, among other programs.
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Published: Twelve - August 20th, 2019