Category Archives: Border

Humane Borders – The Day I Gave Water to Migrants

If it’s true that everything is politics then I made a strong statement volunteering with Humane Borders back in 2003. Of course I didn’t mean to. All I was doing was researching life on the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona. But there … Continue reading

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Sign Cutting II – History of Sign Cutting

As detailed in my last post, Border Patrol agents use sign cutting to track anyone crossing the international border including migrants seeking job opportunities in the United States or drug smugglers moving their narcotics across Arizona’s Sonoran Desert in the … Continue reading

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Sign Cutting and the Border Patrol I – Tracking

If you hang around Border Patrol circles long enough, you will inevitably hear mention of something called “sign” and a process of tracking border crossers called “sign cutting”. One definition of sign (not mine) is “physical evidence of disturbance by the passing of people, … Continue reading

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About the U.S.-Mexican Border Fence in Nogales, AZ

Around the time I started writing my Border Patrol novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, I figured a research trip to the southwestern border would be a good idea. So in June 2003 I flew down to Arizona for two weeks. … Continue reading

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