Midnight on the Line The Secret Life of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Tim Gaynor

Thomas Dunne Books

031236671X

9780312366711

Hardcover

320 Pages

$25.95

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With illegal immigration burning as a contentious issue in American politics, Reuters reporter Tim Gaynor went into the underbelly of the border and to the heart of illegal immigration: along the 45-mile trek down the illegal alien “superhighway.” Through scorpion-strewn trails with Mexican migrants and drug smugglers, he met up with a legendary group of Native American trackers called the Shadow Wolves, and traveled through the extensive network of tunnels, including the “Great Tunnel” from Tijuana to Otay Mesa, California. Along the way, Gaynor also meets Minutemen and exposes corruption among the Border Patrol agents who exchange sex or money for helping smugglers.

The issue of illegal immigration has a complexity beyond any of the political rhetoric. Midnight on the Line is a probing, ground-level investigation of the people on both sides of the battle to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Combining top-notch investigative journalism with a narrative style that delves into the human condition, Gaynor reveals the day-to-day realities on both sides of “the line.”

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Chapter One

The Gates of Hell

Amado Coello is sixty-two year sold, a salt-and-pepper-haired retiree with a gentle, grandfatherly manner that gives him the air of a fairy-tale cobbler. He is in fact a retired paramedic, carrying out volunteer duty at a Mexican Red Cross station set up in a tractor trailer a few miles short of the Arizona border in Mexico.

The makeshift clinic is up a few wooden steps, and it's free. It's open twenty-four hours a day, year round, and attends to a constant river of people who draw up into the tawdry high desert town of Altar on buses in their

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tim Gaynor

  • Tim Gaynor is a Reuters reporter who has been on the ground in more than two dozen towns and cities along the U.S.-Mexico border from San Diego to the Gulf Coast. He works closely with the FBI, DEA, ICE, Border Patrol, Customs & Border Protection, and other agencies. Gaynor was nominated for Reuters Reporter of the Year in 2007 for his immigration coverage. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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