Border Patrol Nation

Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

Press Reviews


"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

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

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

Latino Metro

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

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

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

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

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