Hundreds die each year while crossing from Mexico into the United States, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As part of the Border Patrol, Francisco Cantú witnessed some of these deaths firsthand and delivered survivors to detention. Haunted by their stories, he returned to civilian life, but when an immigrant friend visited his dying mother in Mexico and never returned, he was sucked back into border issues. Cantú's new book, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border, was praised by Kirkus as "a devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy." And given our current politics—and construction of wall prototypes already underway—it couldn't be timelier.
Feb 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM