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All the Agents and SaintsDispatches from the U.S. Borderlands$
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The Agents

The Agents

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All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

The author spends a day at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. Located 90 miles north of the border, it is one of the busiest checkpoints in the U.S., with about 275,000 pounds of narcotics seized annually. She interviews several border patrol agents about their work as she observes the lines of traffic swerving through surveillance cameras, K-9 patrol, and roadside interrogations. Next, the author travels to the home of visual artist Celeste De Luna. Though her work seems to epitomize dissent, De Luna complicates her images by revealing that her husband is himself an immigrant (from El Salvador) yet works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Keywords:   U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Falfurrias, Texas, border checkpoint, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, undocumented immigrant, Tejano, U.S. Mexico border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, deportations, Celeste De Luna

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