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For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood. His mother, a second-generation Mexican American, raised him in Arizona's desert scrublands and the national parks where she worked as a ranger, driven to protect the places she loved. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. Stationed at the remote crossroads of a drug route and a smuggling corridor, he learns how to track other humans under the punishing glare of the sun and through dark, frigid nights. He detains the exhausted, the parched, huddled children yearning for their families. He hauls in the bodies from where they have fallen.
Plagued by nightmares, Cantú abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when a friend, a regular at the café where he now works, travels back to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantu discovers that the border and its stories have migrated with him. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a Riverbrings home to us the destruction that US policy inflicts on countless migrants' lives, and the violence it wreaks on the humanity of us all.
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By Amazon Customer on 03-01-18
Such a powerful message
I don't know what the answers are, but this book begs for answers for this painful, angry subject. more people in power need to see these people as people, not things to be dealt with.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 02-10-18
A necessary read, I am thankful for
Where do I start?
Every minute of this audio book was powerful.
It is a raw, honest, and heartfelt view of the boarder. It is so eye opening and highlights the humanitarian crisis that happens daily.
I am in tears, of joy and hope.
I am happy people like Francisco exist and share there powerful story.
He put a name, a familiar story to people that cross our boarders.
These stories matter, their names matter.
They are all of us, we are all connected and this book will wake you up and make you realize that.
So thankful I heard him on NPR and found this book.
I am making everyone I know read it. Listen to it .
It is necessary!!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful