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

by Tim Gaynor

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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 across the border and into America to personally experience the hardships that the illegals and smugglers suffer as they start for the `promised land' to the issues at the Tijuana border with California and how the cartels are influencing and bribing border guards Gaynor caste his journalistic vision on how and why the border is an insurmountable problem.

Without offering solutions or alternatives Gaynor's approach is that of the eagle-eyed journalist giving us the straight skinny on a variety of issues from discussion on the men and women whose jobs keep them on the line to the Predator drones in the air, the potential threat of terrorism and drug smugglers tunneling under our borders. While nothing he offers is ground-breaking it is top notch investigative reporting. ( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
Being an investigation of the policing of the Mexican-American border by an experienced journalist who does things such as try to cross the border on foot, fly in an ICE attack chopper, sit in the control room for a drone patrol flight, and many other interesting learning devices. The author interviews and writes very well; I was personally most struck by the ruthless efficiency with which border control is now being carried out and the capabilities this amazing array of dogs, horses, Native American trackers, cowboys, special operations vets, and high technology firepower and reconnaissance sensors bring to the task. I'm amazed that anybody can elude it all. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Jul 23, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031236671X, Hardcover)

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 “superhighway.” Through scorpion-strewn trails with Mexican migrants and drug smugglers, he met up with a legendary group of Native American trackers called the Shadow Wolves, and traveled through the extensive network of tunnels, including the “Great Tunnel” from Tijuana to Otay Mesa, California. Along the way, Gaynor also meets Minutemen and exposes corruption among the Border Patrol agents who exchange sex or money for helping smugglers.
The issue of illegal immigration has a complexity beyond any of the political rhetoric. Combining top-notch investigative journalism with a narrative style that delves into the human condition, Gaynor reveals the day-to-day realities on both sides of “the line.”

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:27 -0400)

Examines the dangerous activities which take place along the United States-Mexico border region, presenting interviews with Mexican migrants, Border Patrol police, the Shadow Wolves Native American trackers, civilian Minutemen, and FBI agents investigating corruption.… (more)

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