Unbeknownst to the Border
Patrol agents, one of their bullets had struck the smuggler in the buttocks.
Calling attention to the thousands of deaths along the border
, Morones symbolically laid out 4,000 wooden crosses along the entrance to the station.
Minutemen: teams of volunteers, sometimes described as vigilantes, who take it upon themselves to patrol the border
in California, Arizona, and Texas.
region extends just over 60 miles each way north and south of the boundary line and stretches 2,000 miles from east to west.
Over the past decade, the Border
Patrol has implemented its Southwest Border Strategy, which has entailed the construction of longer and taller walls and fences in an attempt to seal off the major points of entry and increasing the number of agents patrolling these areas.
There are certainly still delays for trucks crossing the border
, but that problem was there even before Sept.
Through these anecdotes, Davidson details the enormous and epic migration in Mexico toward the border
, a migration propelled by demand for maquiladora laborers.
The pink pastel may be more soothing to the eye, but it does little to prettify the reality of the hard-scramble life along the border
In similar stories full of telling descriptions and observations from a wide range of people, we enter the world of San Diego's Balboa Park boys, mostly homeless migrants from south of the border
who sniff glue and sell their bodies to wealthy San Diegans; of San Diegos Logan Heights Chicano gang, some of whose members ended up hired guns for the Arellano Felix brothers; of politics and immigrant smuggling rings.
Nowhere in America is the housing situation as desperate as the border
colonias, says John Henneberger, director of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service in Austin.
The 1,000 Guard troops will be unarmed most of the time and deployed in a support role -- building roads, repairing vehicles and operating surveillance cameras -- rather than directly patrolling the border
and detaining smugglers and illegal immigrants.
With each preventative measure, the journey to slip past the Border
Patrol became more treacherous.