BORDER PATROL: How U.S. Agents Protect Our Borders from Illegal Entry by C.B. Colby

BORDER PATROL: How U.S. Agents Protect Our Borders from Illegal Entry

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In one paragraph per photo-illustrated double page, a tribute to the ""1,700 splendidly trained, well-equipped and smartly uniformed officers"" with ""many splendid headquarters buildings"" who check snowmobilers' ID's and prod animal hides for ""would-be aliens"" along the U.S.-Canada border and watch--from towers, planes and even (via geophone sensors) underground--for marijuana smugglers and desperate aliens from Mexico. The great lengths to which young Mexicans will go for ""the promise of freedom and the hope of prosperity""--riding under the hood or in a rope sling under a car, crammed 29 to a van beneath a load of hay or squeezed into a heap of old tires--is described under such headlines as ""Suspicion Pays Off!"" and, in the case of 60 Mexicans found behind a few pieces of furniture on a van, ""Hitting the Jackpot""--presumably to win admiration for the guards' skillful detection whereas neither the conditions that might have prompted such desperation nor any aspects of immigration policy are ever considered. Callous and superficial.

Pub Date: July 31st, 1974
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan