Border Patrol Nation

Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security


"Where Miller is at his strongest, however, is in his ability to wield the journalist's eye to contextualize and humanize what is happening along the country's borders. . . . everyone interested in immigration or runaway border securitization would do well to add Border Patrol Nation to their reading lists."--César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Crimmigration

"Todd Miller on CSPAN Book-TV"
Aug 6, 2014

Todd Miller featured at Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ.

- Todd Miller, C-SPAN

"Tomgram: Todd Miller, Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands"
Jul 15, 2014

Todd Miller is back with another hair-raising tale from America's borderlands.

- Todd Miller,

"Interview on The Real News Network"
Jul 11, 2014

"We're looking at children fleeing situations of violence in their home country . . . when Obama characterized this as a humanitarian situation, he was very correct. We're dealing with refugees."—Todd Miller interviewed on The Real News Network

- Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network

"Todd Miller Interviewed on The Real News Network"
Jul 3, 2014

Author Todd Miller discusses how defense contractors look to cash in on President Obama's expected $2 billion proposal in additional funding for border security.

- Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network

Latino Rebels

"If examined closely enough, the swollen border security complex also reveals who watches and who is watched. Miller has done us all a great service by helping to expose this dichotomy."—Aaron Cantu, Latino Rebels

"An excerpt from Border Patrol Nation in the NACLA Report
Jun 12, 2014

The North American Congress on Latin America excerpts a long section from Border Patrol Nation entitled "Unfinished Business in Indian Country."

- Todd Miller, North American Congress on Latin America Report

"An excerpt from Border Patrol Nation in Truthout"
Jun 12, 2014

Truthout excerpts several paragraphs from the concluding chapter of Todd Miller's Border Patrol Nation.

- Todd Miller, Truthout

"Todd Miller interviewed in Truthout"
Jun 12, 2014

Todd Miller speaks with Truthout about his new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

- Mark Karlin, Truthout

Upside Down World

"Todd Miller's powerful prose belies what one hopes is a growing sense of outrage at the inhuman and racist goals of U.S. border enforcement. His journeys from place to place and the complexities he presents within the Border Patrol itself provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of what’s wrong in the United States. This is a book that should not be ignored."--Dawn Paley, Upside Down World

The Tribune India

"The book is indeed timely especially when the world is weary of the American obsession with snooping in the affairs of other nations."--Shelly Walia, The Tribune India

Spirituality & Practice

" . . . it is an important wake-up call for those who have not kept up with the morally troubling expansion of this mammoth security apparatus."--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

"Interview with Todd Miller on WHDT"
May 7, 2014

Todd Miller talks about the forces driving immigration and the actions of the Border Patrol.


"Essay on Al Jazeera"
May 7, 2014

Journalist Belen Fernandez discusses the creeping expansion of the border patrol, including reference to Border Patrol Nation.

- Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera

"Essay in the Middle East Eye"
May 6, 2014

Journalist Belen Fernandez discusses the involvement of the Israeli corporation Elbit Systems in the US border security industry, including references to Border Patrol Nation.

- Belen Fernandez, Middle East Eye

"Todd Miller interviewed on KERA's 'Think,' Public Media for North Texas"
May 5, 2014

In recent years, the U.S. Border Patrol has expanded its reach into everything from surveillance to security at the Super Bowl. KERA talks about the organization's increased presence in our everyday lives with Todd Miller, author of Border Patrol Nation.

- Chris Boyd, KERA

"Interview with Todd Miller on Texas Public Radio's 'Fronteras'"
Apr 25, 2014

"The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has been growing rapidly—and not just along the southern border with Mexico. TPR's Crystal Chavez speaks to Todd Miller author of the new book, Border Patrol Nation, about the agency's expanding reach and the implications for privacy rights, civil liberties and more.

- Crystal Chavez, Texas Public Radio

"Todd Miller's Border Patrol Nation in the Miami Herald"
Apr 27, 2014

Tony Perry discusses the importance of Todd Miller's Border Patrol Nation in The Miami Herald.

- Tony Perry, The Miami Herald

"Interview with Todd Miller on WORT, Madison, WI"
Apr 25, 2014

Esty Dinur interviews Todd Miller about the implications of our nation's border control.

- Esty Dinur, WORT

"Interview with Todd Miller in Streetroots News"
Apr 23, 2014

Joanne Zuhl interviews Todd Miller about the increasing militarization of our borders for the Portland, OR publication Streetroots News.

- Joanne Zuhl, Streetroots News


" . . . an enraging expose on the trampling of civil rights and civilized culture."--Roberto Ontiveros, LatinoMetro

"Interview with Todd Miller"
Apr 23, 2014

Kathleen Stephenson at KBOO Portland, OR interviews Todd Miller.

- Kathleen Stephenson, KBOO Portland

"Essay by Todd Miller 'The Creation of a Border Security State'"
Apr 22, 2014

Originally published on Tomdispatch, editor Tom Englehardt says, "In this vivid piece, Miller takes you from the corporation high times of the Expo out into the broiling heat of the Arizona borderlands with a patrolman from the U.S. Border Patrol – to, that is, a place where border crossers without papers are dying regularly and gives you an on-the-ground sense of what's actually going on.  It couldn’t be more striking.  I doubt you’ve seen a border report like this one." This essay was syndicated on Salon, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Daily Kos and elsewhere.

- Todd Miller,

Christian Science Monitor

"At the start of his unsettling and important new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, Miller observes that these days 'it is common to see the Border Patrol in places—such as Erie, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; or Forks, Washington—where only fifteen years ago it would have seemed far-fetched, if not unfathomable.'"--Barbara Spindel, Christian Science Monitor

"Todd Miller interviewed in The Texas Observer"
Apr 15, 2014

Todd Miller discusses his new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, with journalist Melissa del Bosque.

- Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer

Kirkus Reviews

"Solid, absorbing reportage on the government's racist and constitutionally questionable notions of border security in the post-9/11 world. . . . An unsettling but important read."--Kirkus Reviews

"Todd Miller interviewed on the Huffington Post"
Apr 10, 2014

David Henry Sterry says, "What You Don't Know About Immigration and Border Patrol Will Horrify You."

- David Henry Sterry, The Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times

"In his scathing and deeply reported examination of the U.S. Border Patrol, Todd Miller argues that the agency has gone rogue since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, trampling on the dignity and rights of the undocumented with military-style tactics. . . . Miller's book arrives at a moment when it appears that part of the Homeland Security apparatus is backpedaling by promising to tone down its tactics, maybe prodded by investigative journalism, maybe by the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. . . . Border Patrol is quite possibly the right book at the right time . . . "--Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

"Excerpt on"
Mar 22, 2014

 Read the excerpt from Todd Miller's new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security.

- National Memo Staff,

"Todd Miller's interview in Kirkus Reviews"
Mar 17, 2014

Todd Miller, author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, interviewed on Kirkus Reviews.

- Amanda Eyre Ward, Kirkus Reviews

"Excerpt from Todd Miller's latest book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security"
Mar 13, 2014

Read about the rise of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through the telling of one family's story who suffered an early morning raid. Miller also discusses the creation of laws that criminalize more and more non-citizens, and visits a detention center in Batavia, western New York.

- Todd Miller, Tucson Weekly

"Border Patrol Agents Train for War on the U.S.-Mexico Border" essay by Todd Miller
Mar 12, 2014

Todd Miller, author of Border Patrol Nation, writes about the Border Patrol Agents training in detail.

- Todd Miller, NACLA

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Journalist Miller tells an alarming story of U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security's ever-widening reach into the lives of American citizens and legal immigrants as well as the undocumented. He describes the militarization of the Border Patrol and concurrent dehumanizing of 'unauthorized' persons; American citizens routinely harassed and arrested in Constitution-free zones that extend 100 miles from all borders; the expulsion of a exemplary Border Patrol agent for expressing his Mexican identity in casual conversation; and the Border Patrol's Explorer Academy for children, which, with its lock-step marching, black boots, law-enforcement training, and indoctrination is eerily evocative of fascism and Hitler Youth. Miller reveals the "complex and industrial world" looming behind the border patrol, spanning "robotics, engineers, salespeople and detention centers" and the new generation of Explorers. 'It is the world in which we now live,' he states, 'where eradicating border violations is given higher priority than eradicating malnutrition, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy, [and] unemployment.' In addition to readers interested in immigration issues, those concerned about the NSA’s privacy violations will likely be even more shocked by the actions of Homeland Security. (Mar.)"--Publishers Weekly

"Border Patrolled Youth" by Todd Miller
Feb 6, 2014

Todd Miller discusses how the children in Ambos Nogales live life in law enforcement created limbo.

- Todd Miller, Tucson Weekly

"Excerpt on Guernica Magazine"
Dec 3, 2013

"South Carolina: The Border Control State," an excerpt from Border Patrol Nation

- Todd Miller, Guernica Magazine

"Oped by Todd Miller on"
Nov 19, 2013

Todd Miller visits the Dominican Republic and discusses the influence of the border-industrial complex abroad.

- Todd Miller,

"The Border Patrol's Out-of-Control Growth" essay by Todd Miller
Oct 30, 2013

Todd Miller discusses how the weapons and technology used for warfare are now deployed to police U.S. borders, and maintain security within the country's interior.

- Todd Miller, OtherWords

"Todd Miller's New York Times oped referenced in Los Angeles Times"
Aug 20, 2013

Los Angeles Times essay by David Horsey references Todd Miller's New York Times oped.

- David Horsey, Los Angeles Times

Todd Miller Oped in the New York Times
Aug 18, 2013

Todd Miller, author of Border Patrol Nation:Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security writes about the costs of the militarization of the border in The New York Times, "Sunday Review." 

- Todd Miller, The New York Times

"Author Todd Miller on Salon"
Jul 11, 2013

Todd Miller discusses the expansion of the military-industrial-immigration complex.  This essay originally ran on TomDispatch, and was syndicated on Salon, The Nation, History News Network, Huffington Post, Truthdig, Commondreams, Mother Jones, War in Context, Le Monde Diplomatique (English-language), and elsewhere.

- Todd Miller, Salon

"Todd Miller interviewed on KPFA Berkeley's 'Letters and Politics' "
Jun 27, 2013

Mitch Jeserich in conversation about the "Border Surge" and 20 year militarization of the border with journalist Todd Miller who has been covering the southern border for the past 10 years. His forthcoming book is called Border Patrol Nation.

- Mitch Jeserich and Todd Miller, KPFA 94.1