Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol
This is the untold history of the United States Border Patrol from its beginnings in 1924 as a small peripheral outfit to its emergence as a large professional police force. To tell this story, Kelly Lytle Hernández dug through a gold mine of lost and unseen records stored in garages, closets, an abandoned factory, and in U.S. and Mexican archives. Focusing on the daily ch...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by University of California Press
(first published 2010)
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Beginning with the creation of the U.S. Border Patrol in May 1924, Kelly Lytle’s book Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, which is an offshoot from her dissertation, presents the story of the organization and how it helped shape the story of race in the United States (2). She states that the formation of the Border Patrol was the product of a larger and more complex process that from is usually presented as part of the master narrative (3). She ties agricultural labor tied to the capital...more