Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

by Reece Jones
Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

by Reece Jones

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Overview

An urgent look at the U.S. Border Patrol from its xenophobic founding to its assault on the Fourth Amendment in its quest to become a national police force

Late one July night in 2020, armed men, identified only by the word POLICE written across their uniforms, began snatching supporters of Black Lives Matter off the street in Portland, Oregon, and placing them in unmarked vans. These mysterious actions were not carried out by local law enforcement or even right-wing terrorists, but by the U.S. Border Patrol. Why was the Border Patrol operating so far from the boundaries of the United States? What were they doing at a protest that had nothing to do with immigration or the border?

Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States is the untold story of how, through a series of landmark but largely unknown decisions, the Supreme Court has dramatically curtailed the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution in service of policing borders. The Border Patrol exercises exceptional powers to conduct warrantless stops and interrogations within one hundred miles of land borders or coastlines, an area that includes nine of the ten largest cities and two thirds of the American population.

Mapping the Border Patrol’s history from its bigoted and violent Wild West beginnings through the legal precedents that have unleashed today’s militarized force, Guggenheim Fellow Reece Jones reveals the shocking true stories and characters behind its most dangerous policies. With the Border Patrol intent on exploiting current laws to transform itself into a national police force, the truth behind their influence and history has never been more important.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640095205
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 07/05/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 228,492
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

REECE JONES is a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a professor and the chair of the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai'i. He is the author of three books, the award-winning Border Walls and Violent Borders, as well as White Borders. He is the editor in chief of the journal Geopolitics and he lives in Honolulu with his family.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Out of Control 3

Part I The Wild West Origins of the Border Patrol

1 Send Two Coffins 21

2 The Texas Rangers 31

3 Closing the Back Gate 43

4 They Have No Right to Go into the Interior 51

5 Unreasonable Searches and Seizures 59

6 A Reasonable Distance 69

Part II The Supreme Court

7 Law and Order 85

8 Terrorists in Suits 97

9 Change of Heart 109

10 Rank Racism 117

11 Mexican Haircuts 129

12 A Sixth Sense 141

13 Free to Stop Any and All Motorists 153

Part III The One-Hundred-Mile Zone

14 America's Frontline 163

15 Hostile Terrain 177

16 Checkpoint Nation 191

17 Somebody Speaking Spanish 211

18 The Everywhere Border 225

Conclusion 239

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

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