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on July 17, 2004
While there is some good (but all too brief) information presented in this book about the U.S.-Mexican border (including some interesting history of the region) and the results of the government's implementation of Operation Gatekeeper, it is mostly an account of how left-wing Americans have reacted to the border and to the operation. Overall, I found the book to be biased toward a very liberal point of view. The lefties who break the law and stoop to immigrant smuggling are portrayed in a very sympathetic light (and their party affiliations go unnoted), while the ranchers who round up immigrants on their property at gun point (possibly also breaking the law) are portrayed as overzealous, bug-eyed gun nuts (and invariably described as Republicans).
Much better (and more objective) books to read regarding this fascinating and important issue are Dead In Their Tracks, Coyotes, Crossing Over and Shadowed Lives.