Border patrol

The Secret Agent

Apr 19, 2017 By John Nova Lomax

Over the course of his legendary career, customs officer Hipolito Acosta saw terrible suffering in Mexico. Today, he worries about both sides of the border.

Where Are the Videos?

Jun 15, 2014 By Nate Blakeslee

If the Border Patrol really wants to be more transparent, it should release key surveillance footage of questionable shooting incidents.

Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Apr 8, 2014 By Nate Blakeslee

Heightened security measures along the border—including a dramatic increase in personnel and highly sophisticated military equipment—have made that part of our state resemble a war zone. As violent clashes with Mexican citizens increase, a crucial question emerges: Who will hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable?


Jan 20, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

Despite rampant fears to the contrary, the bloody drug violence in Mexico hasn’t spilled over into Texas—but that doesn’t mean it’s not transforming life all along the border.

The Desert of the Dead

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

While politicians and bureaucrats endlessly debate the best ways to secure our borders, undocumented immigrants are dying to get into America—literally.

Badges of Dishonor

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Two Border Patrol agents are sent to prison while the dope smuggler they pursued and wounded is granted immunity by federal prosecutors and goes free. A miscarriage of justice? Not so fast.

Secret Agent Man

Mar 31, 2012 By David Romo

Retired Border Patrol officer Hipolito Acosta remembers his time on the beat in The Shadow Catcher.

Home Run

Mar 1, 2012 By Oscar Casares

A jogging path along the Rio Grande was a treasured, secret place—until it became part of the front lines in a war I still don’t understand.

Crossing the Line

Jan 1, 2009 By Pamela Colloff

The facts of this case are quite simple. Two Border Patrol agents shot at an unarmed man as he was running away from them. And then, they covered it up.

Something There is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

Oct 13, 2008 By Paul Burka

Photo credit: Norman Glickman I’m in McAllen doing research for a future column, and Sunday I found myself in a car with two visiting scholars who were here, as I was, to attend the 25th anniversary convention of Valley Interfaith, the local community organizing group. They had decided to try…

Shooting on the Border

Jul 31, 1996 By Gregory Curtis

THERE IS AN OBLIGATORY SCENE in every movie about the border between Texas and Mexico: A man draws a line in the dirt with his boot. The line means something different in each movie, and yet, there it is, a narrow little rut in the ground that the characters gesture…

Hype or Hero?

Nov 1, 1995 By Helen Thorpe

He’s won the support o Mexican Americans in El Paso; now he wants to win a seat in Congress. Is Silvestre Reyes’ attack on illegal immigration heroism or hype?