Midnight on the Line: The Secret Life of the U.S.-Mexico Border
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Midnight on the Line: The Secret Life of the U.S.-Mexico Border

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A probing, ground-level investigation of illegal immigration and the people on both sides of the battle to secure the U.S.–Mexico border

With illegal immigration burning as a contentious issue in American politics, Reuters reporter Tim Gaynor went into the underbelly of the border and to the heart of illegal immigration: along the 45-mile trek down the illegal alien “supe...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Thomas Dunne
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If you want to really understand why our borders are challenged, read this! Tim Gaynor goes about the difficult task of researching all the many reasons our borders are insecure. It's an eye-opening realization for many who have easily arrived at the notion that our borders are insecure because our government allows it. Gaynor does his own frontlines research and gets to know both the story of those charged with security and those who benefit from its vulnerabilities. Your respect for the role o...more
Tim Gaynor is a British journalist for Reuters, based in Phoenix. His beat is immigration issues on the US-Mexican border.

His book Midnight on the Line is an in-depth look at the border issues as they came to a boil before the current (July 2010) Arizona enforced laws that have half the country up in arms.

From the beginning chapter, where Gaynor pulls a George Plimptonesque move by personally started in the Mexican border town of Altar, and together with his photographer Tomas Bravo, walked acro...more
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Thurston Hunger
Tim Gaynor, a former Ben Kingsley impersonator...nah, it's just that jacket photo.

Gaynor puts together a pretty gripping series of views of life on the border. The tunnel in real-life perhaps not as seductive as the one in Weeds, is surely as amazing. Gaynor also comes across being surprisingly supportive (well a surprise to me) of the Minutemen. I felt the interview with the alleged Hezbollah henchman Boughader had a lot more that fell outside the lines (of the text, if not the Mexican-US borde...more
Midnight on the Line is a very good look at the problems associated with the U.S. Mexico border and the ways that the U.S. is attempting to interdict the smuggling of various cargo across the border. This book also looks at how those on the other side of the fence attempt to make it across. And to cover all bases the author also looks at the corruption that occurs among those entrusted with enforcing the laws of the border. I particularily thought the authors attempt to cross the border along th...more
I saw this book in the non-fiction section of the library and the title intrigued me. Immigration is always a hot issue, and I was glad to see that this author does not take sides. Instead he looks at border crossing from both sides of the border. He actually crossed the border from Mexico using the same path as every day immigrants. He also spent time with Customs and Border Patrol members.
Aug 17, 2009 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in the border debate
Recommended to Richard by: heard the author on the radio
A good, seemingly unbiased look at all aspects of security at the Mexico-US border. Although the writing is a little over the top at times (paraphrase: "I took some chewing tobacco from the agent. So this is the taste of the Old West."), the story is engaging and well-organized. If you have any interest in the border situation, this book is well worthwhile.
Very interesting in terms of law enforcement along the border. I learned a lot.
Krista Bolan
Interesting, but couldn't hold my attention to it right now.
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