The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border / Francisco Cantú.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "For Francisco Cantú the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story."-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Subtitle from cover.
      Includes author's note.
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-276).
      22
    • ISBN:
      9780735217737
    • Accession Number:
      neos.8791594
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CANTÚ, F. (Essayist). The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border. [s.l.] : Riverhead Books,[s.d.]. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Cantú F (Essayist). The Line Becomes a River : Dispatches from the Border. Riverhead Books http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875. Accessed October 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Cantú, F. (Essayist). (n.d.). The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border. Riverhead Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Cantú, Francisco (Essayist). 2019. The Line Becomes a River : Dispatches from the Border. Riverhead Books. Accessed October 18. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Cantú, F. (Essayist) (no date) The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border. Riverhead Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 18 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Cantú, F (Essayist) n.d., The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border, Riverhead Books, viewed 18 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Cantú, Francisco (Essayist). The Line Becomes a River : Dispatches from the Border. Riverhead Books. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875. Accessed 18 Oct. 2019.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cantú, Francisco (Essayist). The Line Becomes a River : Dispatches from the Border. Riverhead Books. Accessed October 18, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cantú F (Essayist). The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border [Internet]. Riverhead Books; [cited 2019 Oct 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.8791594&custid=s3443875

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2018 February #1

Cantú (contributor, Guernica) uses a series of vignettes to recount his experiences as a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Stories of catching migrants and retrieving dead bodies are interspersed with interludes that provide historical context to the border conflict. Throughout his time as an agent, Cantú is plagued by unsettling dreams and struggles to justify his work to his mother, who is proud of her Mexican heritage and skeptical of the Border Patrol. After Cantú leaves the Border Patrol he befriends José, an undocumented immigrant who has been living and working in the United States for more than 30 years. José visits his dying mother in Mexico and finds that he cannot return to his family and life in the United States. Cantú assists José's family with the legal proceedings, while musing on the juxtaposition between border agents and those affected by the policies that the they enforce. José also tells his side of the story, emphasizing his reasons for wanting to remain in America. VERDICT A personal, unguarded look at border life from the perspective of a migrant and agent, recommended for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of current events.—Rebekah Kati, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2017 September #2

An agent for the U.S. Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, third-generation Mexican American Cantú wearied of tracking humans and delivering them to detention and sometimes the morgue. An immigrant friend's disappearance after returning to Mexico to visit family prompted him to look at immigration on both sides of the border. Since he claims Fulbright, Whiting, and Pushcart honors, Cantú can tell us well.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.