A Conversation With a Border Patrol Agent

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President Trump vowed to crack down on undocumented immigration and empower the Border Patrol. Three years later, the agency is the target of outrage, protest and investigation into its mission and conduct, and many of the agents who have supported Mr. Trump say that morale is low. We spoke with one of them.

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On today’s episode:

  • Art Del Cueto, a Border Patrol agent in Arizona and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.

ImageUnder President Trump, the nearly 20,000 agents of the Border Patrol became the leading edge of one of the most aggressive immigration crackdowns ever in the United States.
CreditKendrick Brinson for The New York Times

Background reading:

  • Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating those in their care, many agents, whose work has long been viewed as a ticket to the middle class, have grown frustrated and bitter.

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