Border Patrol Nation

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Border Patrol Nation

Border Patrol Nation

Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

By: Todd Miller

audio performed by: Tim Pabon
genre: Political/Social - Political Science
publication date:03/09/2021
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"In his scathing and deeply reported examination of the US Border Patrol, Todd Miller argues that the agency has gone rogue since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, trampling on the dignity and rights of the undocumented with military-style tactics....Miller's book arrives at a moment when it appears that part of the Homeland Security apparatus is backpedaling by promising to tone down its tactics, maybe prodded by investigative journalism, maybe by the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.... Border Patrol is quite possibly the right book at the right time...." (Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

"At the start of his unsettling and important new book, Border Patrol Nation, Miller observes that these days 'it is common to see the Border Patrol in places - such as Erie, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; or Forks, Washington - where only 15 years ago it would have seemed far-fetched, if not unfathomable.” (Barbara Spindel, Christian Science Monitor

"Miller's approach in Border Patrol Nation is to offer a glimpse into the secretive operations of the Border Patrol, reporting with a journalist's objectivity and nose for a good story. Miller's book is full of facts, and it's clear he's outraged, but he gives voices to people on every side of the issue … Miller's book is a fascinating read...and bring the work of Susan Orlean to mind." (Amanda Eyre Ward, Kirkus Reviews

Armed authorities watch from a military-grade surveillance tower as lines of people stream toward the security checkpoint, tickets in hand, anxious and excited to get through the gate. Few seem to notice or care that the US Border Patrol is monitoring the Super Bowl, as they have for years, one of the many ways that forces created to police the borders are now being used, in an increasingly militarized fashion, to survey and monitor the whole of American society. 

In fast-paced prose, Todd Miller sounds an alarm as he chronicles the changing landscape. Traveling the country - and beyond - to speak with the people most involved with and impacted by the Border Patrol, he combines these first-hand encounters with careful research to expose a vast and booming industry for high-end technology, weapons, surveillance, and prisons. While politicians and corporations reap substantial profits, the experiences of millions of men, women, and children point to staggering humanitarian consequences. Border Patrol Nation shows us in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, with consequences that affect us all.