'Threshold' Explores Work of First Responders Along U.S.-Mexico Border

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An emergency responder along the U.S.-American border. (Photo: Ieva Jusionyte)

From President Trump's proposed wall to the most recent migrant caravan in Tijuana, the US-Mexico border has become a politically contentious area. However, for firefighters and EMTs working in border communities, the region is often a site of binational cooperation. Harvard anthropologist Ieva Jusionyte embedded with American and Mexican first responders to learn how Trump's immigration policy and environmental emergencies are changing border security. Jusionyte joins Forum with Chief Mario Novoa of Arizona’s Douglas Fire Department to discuss conflicting views of safety on the U.S.-Mexico border and her new book, “Threshold,” based on her ethnographic research.


Ieva Jusionyte, assistant professor of Anthropology and Social Studies, Harvard University; author, "Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border."

Mario Novoa, fire chief, Douglas Fire Department (Arizona)