Francisco Cantú Reflects on Migrant Struggles, Border Enforcement in 'The Line Becomes a River'

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Border Patrol agents patrol the US-Mexico border prior to an Easter mass at the fence separating the two countries at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, California on Sunday, April 16, 2017.  (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

Between 2008 and 2012 Francisco Cantú worked as a border patrol agent in the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. "I don’t think you have to become soulless in order to do the work,” he said of the job, “but I do think it is work that endangers the soul." Cantú describes his experiences in his new book "The Line Becomes a River." He joins us to talk about the migrants and border agents he met, the rise of human smuggling and how enforcement policies may be reformed.


Francisco Cantú, author, "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border"