Desert Duty

Desert Duty

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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, qBorder Patrol is a hero job, q 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 bordera€”a sparsely populated region of the Sonoran Desert with little water and summer temperatures that routinely top 110AdF. The agents candidly discuss the rewards and frustrations of holding the line against illegal immigrants, smugglers, and other criminalsa€”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, qThe thrill is tracking 'em up before they die. It's a rough ol' way to goa€”run outta water in this desert.qOn the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol Bill Broyles, Mark Haynes ... Foreign-born agent george Boone sometimes has people ask him why he of all people works for Border Patrol ... like other police work, the torrent of ever-changing technology , laws, and policies brings stress to already difficult tasks, ... Above all, agents are border police and must manage people, few of whom wish to be managed. Tooanbsp;...

Title:Desert Duty
Author: Bill Broyles, Mark Haynes
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-09-24

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