On The Line: Inside the U.S. Border Patrol

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The United States Border Patrol is much more than a glorified checkpoint force, rounding up illegal aliens and smugglers as they make their way across our northern and southern borders. In the wake of September 11, 2001, the mission of the Border Patrol has been fundamentally redefined, with emphasis shifting from stopping the flow of drugs and illegal immigration to the critical mission of protecting our vast borders from terrorist infiltration. Agents patrol some 8,000 miles of United States borderlands in ...
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Overview

The United States Border Patrol is much more than a glorified checkpoint force, rounding up illegal aliens and smugglers as they make their way across our northern and southern borders. In the wake of September 11, 2001, the mission of the Border Patrol has been fundamentally redefined, with emphasis shifting from stopping the flow of drugs and illegal immigration to the critical mission of protecting our vast borders from terrorist infiltration. Agents patrol some 8,000 miles of United States borderlands in helicopters, four-wheel-drive trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles, as well as on horseback, by bicycle, and on foot. These dedicated men and women learn to clear buildings like the most highly skilled SWAT teams, and their knowledge of immigration law rivals that of many attorneys. The job is lonely, hard and dangerous. Agents often operate in remote areas where their backup can be hours away, forcing them to rely on their instincts and training to confront criminals, and, on many occasions, to save their own lives.

Alex Pacheco knows this world intimately. His skills and knowledge are unquestioned. As a senior patrol agent responsible for hundreds of arrests each month, his reputation as a tough, straight-talking lawman is well deserved. Pacheco takes you deep inside his world, beginning with the intensive, five-month training program where you'll learn to use the tools of the Border Patrol's trade. Then you'll join Pacheco as he chases drug runners backed by the firepower of the Mexican military and faces down ruthless immigrant smugglers who mistreat and often abandon their human cargo, leaving them to die in the parched deserts of Arizona and California. You'll go undercover with the men and women of the Anti-Smuggling Units (ASU), and experience the adrenaline rush of hard-hitting raids with BORTAC, the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. Reading On the Line, you'll gain a new understanding of the dedicated and highly skilled men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect America.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806525440
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: On the Verge xi
The Cowboy Days 1
A New Dilemma 23
The Bandit Team 47
The Art of Smuggling 65
A Partial Solution 87
Growing Sentiment 107
Training the Elite 119
The INS Disaster 155
Terror Sweeping Inland 173
Notes 185
Index 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Good, but probably not what you expect

    This book does give the reader good information about the Border Patrol, but mainly about specialty units and unique situations, not the everyday duties of the average Border Patrol Agent. The sections about the Border Patrol's tracking team was really interesting, as well as the section on BORTAC, the Patrol's SWAT team. If you are interested in the history of the Patrol, then you'll love this book. If you want to know what new agents go thru, or what regularly happens along the border, this won't answer your questions.

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