National Security, Public Safety, and Illegal Immigration along the U.S.–Mexico Border
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Texas Tech University Press
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Part OneA Virtual American Dream
Chapter 1A Simple Solution
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Perhaps the core implications of Time do not occur until, straining to hear the unintelligible ramblings of the youth-ful radiation oncologist, we are forced may be far different in the South Texas border towns of La Paloma, Relam-pago, Blue Town, Mercedes, San Benito, Brownsville, Harlingen, Santa Rosa, McAllen, Donna, Pharr, Rio Grande City, Santa Maria, Progresso, Zapata, Granjeno, Sullivan City, and San Juan than in Dallas, Dubuque, and Wash-...
Chapter 2Manny’s Disguise Isn’t One
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The last thing Manuel “Manny” A. Rod-riguez needs on the jet to Memphis is a hard case across the aisle giving him the prison yard stare. According to Manny, tooled boots. Manny is old-school Border Patrol, legacy, eons of spit and polish distant from the “wimps” graduating like clockwork from the acad-Manny is incapable of disguising who he really is on his recruiting trips to Memphis, Dallas, and Chicago. In his civilian garb at the airport, Manny ...
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There is a rich history to every twist and bend of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo in South Texas and northern Mexico. Al-though the offi cial history of the region—unruly drunks or gangs. Relatives and friends can gather around brick barbe-cue pits and enjoy a few cold ones while the kids play safely. Smoke from the barbecuing scents Anzalduas with cilantro and sizzling fajitas. Weekend pachangas, parties, fi ll the park with the voices of men and women dis-...
Chapter 4Olga Rivera Garcia’s Fence andOmar Sanchez’s Fence
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In a stiff wind from Mexico, the banks of the Rio Grande less than one hundred yards due south, the American fl ag and the UTB-TSC university fl ag pull and groan in unison will be built. But fi rst she must check back at her offi ce for any new messages from her boss. “I could retire now,” she tells me in her cramped, tiny offi ce in the Tandy Building bordering International Boulevard. Just a few class-rooms down the hall from where we sit, I spent twelve years teaching courses ...
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So which do you think I should get, the bull or the cow?” asks CBP agent Tony Jasso, turning into the parking lot in front of La Hacienda Restaurant on Old “Okay,” says Tony over the voice of the dispatcher. “You convinced me. “It’s a big one,” says Henry, fl exing his shoulder to loosen a cramped muscle. Their night shift half over, so far the two have very little to show for their work. Earlier they checked out four different sensors along the ...
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Congressman Frank James “Jim” Sensen-brenner, Jr., chair of the House Com-mittee on the Judiciary, comfortably readjusts his large, tailored frame, then In accordance with the wishes of the conservative branch of the Repub-lican leadership in the House, personifi ed by Chairman Sensenbrenner, all across the nation, in cities and small towns in thirteen different states, im-migration information, data, and perspectives have been presented before ...
Part TwoCrossing to Safety
Chapter 7More Virtual Fences
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In search of semisecret Project 28, a prototype, according to Boeing, Inc., for the virtual bor-der fence, we leave the stifl ing heat and smog of Tucson for Sasabe, Arizona. Sasabe, pro-place, but in the drought of 2009 cattle and hay fi elds thrive only where water wells have been drilled and crops irrigated. In late July random fi elds in a surreal green lie juxtaposed against the arid ridges of the Sierrita Moun-tains and the saguaro. Traces of undocumented workers are everywhere: ...
Chapter 8CBP Agent Nora Muñoz
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CBP agent Nora Muñoz always wanted to be in law enforcement. Since she was a little girl, she wanted to be a beat cop in her own hometown. But it Dressed in slacks and a plaid top, Nora Muñoz conveys a military bear-ing incompatible with the outward image of a stereotypical Tucson house-wife. Underneath the quiet infl ections of voice and manner, Agent Muñoz has weathered tough experiences while on the job—not just from patrolling ...
Chapter 9Juliet Garcia’s Fence andMichael Chertoff’s Wall
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You’ve noticed the unique campus we have here,” David Pearson tells me, “the palm forests, the Spanish tiles, the historical restorations, the conver-which means he is in charge of building the new border fence separating the While her boss waits patiently for my full attention, the administrative assistant hands me a mug of hot coffee. Eyeing me from behind an impres-sively outsized desk in what was once the Fort Brown army infi rmary that ...
Chapter 10Three Different Walls
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We wrote it down on a napkin. Re-member that?” Judge J. D. Salinas III says to Godfrey Garza, Jr., sitting to his left at a long conference ta-it would look like on a napkin. We showed Cornyn the napkin and explained Senator Cornyn was getting his fi rst look at their new concept for a bor-der wall while they were driving him back to the Miller International Air-port in McAllen. It was the night of October 10, 2007. The drive gave Judge ...
Chapter 11It’s Getting Crowded along the Border
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As I approach the gated entrance to Pe-terson Air Force Base outside of Colo-rado Springs, armed sentries direct me into the far right lane of traffi c. I park army battalion at Fort Bliss, outside of El Paso, Texas, as well as other mili-In coming to USNORTHCOM my intention is to learn more from military experts about their perspective of the border wall. As well, very little is known about what the U.S. Army actually does on a day-by-day basis at the ...
Chapter 12Crossing to Safety
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It is a long, circuitous path from Honeywell engineers gathered around a conference table in Clearwater, Florida, to the towers of Boe-ing’s Project 28 in the remote Chihuahuan Sheila Jackson Lee; Professor Abelardo Rodriguez Sumano of Mexico’s Cen-ter for North American Strategic Studies; Texas RioGrande Legal Aid direc-tor David Hall; Hidalgo County judge J. D. Salinas; former CBP agents Jose A. Compean and Ignacio Ramos; Congressman Silvestre “Silver” Reyes; CBP ...
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Hurricane Alex, the fi rst hurricane of the 2010 season, slammed into the border-lands in the late hours of June 30th. The category-two storm spared those new job offer in Customs promised a different set of responsibilities along with better job opportunities in the future. But Olga and Carlos would have At the last minute Carlos turned down the Canadian job. One big reason was their oldest daughter who, after earning her Ph.D. in clinical pharmacol-...
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...on this project. Research assistants Guillaume Bagal and Kacee Gore pro-vided help with the end notes and bibliography. East Carolina University students in my 2010 graduate seminar in qualitative methods clarifi ed a number of issues for me; I am grateful for their intellectual contribution. I especially want to thank the two anonymous reviewers. Jesse Peel was inspi-...
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About the Author
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Robert Lee Maril is professor of sociol-ogy and the founding director of the Center for Diversity and Inequality Re-search at East Carolina University. The ...
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Publication Year: 2003