The Line Becomes A River

The Line Becomes A River

[dispatches From the Border]

Book - 2018
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A former Border Patrol agent's haunting experience of an unnatural divide and the lives caught on either side, struggling to cross or to defend it.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018
ISBN: 9780735217713
0735217718
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm

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This is a shattering memoir of a third-generation Mexican American and his four years as border patrol agent in Arizona.


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laphampeak
Mar 05, 2018

Cantu' writes from first person perspective in this captivating story of his experience as a Border Patrol Agent. It's not about US politics but rather the "commodity" of the alien. In the author's sweeping description of the border landscape he also intimately and graphically describes the landscape of one's soul - in Mann's view, me vs."the other". He examines his experience, "I had little inkling of what happened to those I arrested after I turned over ther paperwork and went home from my shift." His friendly relationship with Jose' and his arrest brought him face to face with the depersonalized system and the steadfast attempts with which many try to re-enter US for a better life.

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lilypad_1
Mar 02, 2018

To be a border agent is to deal with people caught up in crime and those trying to have a better life for their families- and both ending up dying in the desert. I think the history of the border that he lays out for us is valuable for showing us that we need to have a policy that is knowable, enforceable and humane. This book makes me feel once again the overwhelming gratitude that I was born in the USA and how much I take it for granted.
It is no wonder that border patrol agents get PTSD with the carnage, inhumane treatment, and tragedy that they see every day. I feel for everyone involved.
I recommend this book to everyone, unless you are there on the border and seeing all sides you cannot possibly be informed.

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