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Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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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Miguel
May 11, 2012 Miguel added it
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
Molly
The transformation of deportation - Hernandez forces us to rethink how we conceptualize state sanctioned violence and the regionalization of race issues in the Borderlands.
Kim
Who knew the history of the border patrol was so interesting? Very cool read, and written plainly.
Amy
Dec 09, 2012 Amy added it
I had to give up on it. The whole thing was an infuriating, biased mess.
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