Final Paper.docx - Daniel Bonacci Professor Wehrer ANT 303 May 2 2019 Jason De Leon is an associate professor at the University of Michigan and will

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Daniel BonacciProfessor WehrerANT 303May 2, 2019Jason De Leon is an associate professor at the University of Michigan and will become a professor at the University of California this year. De Leon is the director of the Undocumented Migrant Project which is the long-term anthropological study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States that uses a combination of ethnographic, visual, archaeological, and forensic approaches to understand the violent social process (Bio). Also, De Leon is on the board for the Institute of Field Research. With his previous work and research De Leon has more than proved himself to be a credible source of information especially since his book “The Land of the Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail” was an award-winning book and one that he went and did the leg work.De Leon uses multiple different techniques to acquire his data some of those would be through field work, interviews, and observations (De Leon, 26). De Leon also is able to use an archeological approach which focuses on material items and artifacts that would be left behind by somebody in the desert. He has a background in archeology which gives him a way to explorethis situation unlike many other anthropologists would. He is also used physical anthropology to acquire his data and that allows him to show how the human body reacts in the relation to cultureand why some of the things people do are in a certain way (De Leon, 28). With De Leon being a great source of information, it is even better that all of the data that he is interpreting into his book he also had collected himself so there is no worry of the data being skewed or not having the right conditions to describe what is found.
The problem happening right now is considered a crisis and when taking a deeper look, itseems to be not as big of a problem that people are making it out to be. Migrants crossing the border between Mexico and the United States is something that is not new, migrants have been crossing the border for decades and there have been many different ways that have come up to try to stop the boarder crossings. Since the year 2000 the rate of border crossings have dropped from nearly 1.5 million to 300 thousand which means that the crisis that is happening now is not

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