Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol

Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol

by Bill Broyles, Mark Haynes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292722834

ISBN-13: 9780292722835

Pub. Date: 10/01/2010

Publisher: University of Texas Press

While politicians and pundits endlessly debate immigration policy, U.S. Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line to enforce immigration law. In a day's work, agents may catch a load of narcotics, apprehend groups of people entering the country illegally, and intercept a potential terrorist. Their days often include rescuing aliens from death by thirst or

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While politicians and pundits endlessly debate immigration policy, U.S. Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line to enforce immigration law. In a day's work, agents may catch a load of narcotics, apprehend groups of people entering the country illegally, and intercept a potential terrorist. Their days often include rescuing aliens from death by thirst or murder by border bandits, preventing neighborhood assaults and burglaries, and administering first aid to accident victims, and may involve delivering an untimely baby or helping stranded motorists. As Bill Broyles and Mark Haynes sum it up, "Border Patrol is a hero job," one that too often goes unrecognized by the public.

Desert Duty puts a human face on the Border Patrol. It features interviews with nineteen active-duty and retired agents who have worked at the Wellton, Arizona, station that watches over what is arguably the most perilous crossing along the border—a sparsely populated region of the Sonoran Desert with little water and summer temperatures that routinely top 110°F. The agents candidly discuss the rewards and frustrations of holding the line against illegal immigrants, smugglers, and other criminals—while often having to help the very people they are trying to thwart when they get into trouble in the desert. As one agent explains, "The thrill is tracking 'em up before they die. It's a rough ol' way to go—run outta water in this desert."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292722835
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Silent Long Enough, by Charles Bowden
Introduction: On Edge On the Line Chet Wilson Ed Tuffly Jim Runyan Jackie Mason Hank Hays Joe McCraw Colonel R. Child Glen Payne George Boone Howard Aitken Mark Haynes Alvaro "Mike" Obregon Robert "Mac" McLemore Randy Herberholz Wendy Conde Kenny Smith Joe Brigman Ronald S. "Ron" Colburn Carla L. Provost
Conclusion: Before They Die Our Approach, and Acknowledgments Sources and Suggested Reading The Editors

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