Friday, July 15, 2022
From the Bookshelves: Nobody is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States
In Nobody is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States, geographer Reece Jones argues that the U.S. Border Patrol a national police force that operates without appropriate accountability. ImmigrationProf blogger Austin Kocher moderated a recent virtual discussion of Jones' book.
"In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Jones and the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles discuss the creation of the U.S. Border Patrol in 1924 in the wake of racist immigration laws. Jones shares how a “Wild West” mentality thrived within the service in its early years; how language restricting the Border Patrol’s actions to within a “reasonable” distance resulted in a 100-mile border zone; and how two California public defenders in the 1970s brought four critical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that dealt a heavy blow to Fourth Amendment rights in the border zone."