The line becomes a river lays bare in damning light the casual brutality of the system how unjust laws and private prisons and a militarized border have shattered families and mocked americas myths about itself new york times book review. Slim and beautifully written the line becomes a river is a powerful deeply humane piece of nonfiction about the lives of border patrol agents and desperate migrants on the frontier between the us and mexico this is a hybrid work part memoir part meditation part expository piece. Early in the line becomes a river francisco cant tells his mother his reasons for joining the border patrolmaybe its the desert maybe its the closeness of life and death maybe its the . The line becomes a river npr coverage of the line becomes a river by francisco cantu news author interviews critics picks and more. In the line becomes a river his beautiful and devastating memoir of his time patrolling the border in arizona new mexico and texas he gives one migrant the actual shirt off his back before buying him a meal another migrant abandoned by her group when she cant keep up can hardly walk when shes apprehended by agents in the desert
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