December 19, 2000 |
Disturbed by deaths among Mexican migrants crossing illegally into southern Arizona, church leaders and self-styled good Samaritans have begun offering a range of aid to immigrants--at times breaking the law to carry out what they see as acts of mercy.
March 15, 1987 |
The publishers of "La Frontera" apparently could not decide if they wanted the book to be a serious and thorough study of the U.S.-Mexico border, or a coffeetable book about the often picturesque borderlands and colorful North Americans and Mexicans who live there. That is unfortunate, because in either case, the book would have been a useful contribution to the growing body of literature about the nation's southern border. Instead, it falls short on both counts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1992
Even as immigration authorities aim to get a better handle on their own efforts to control illegal immigration, they have found themselves under increasing scrutiny as they try to do a tough job. Congressional oversight hearings have been held on charges of excessive force by the Border Patrol and on the agency's pursuit policy. This week a lawsuit brought by a man whose pregnant wife was killed during a chase went to trial in federal court in Santa Ana.
April 19, 1987
I am grateful for several kind things Frank del Olmo says about my book, "La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico" (The Book Review, March 15). But I must object to allegations of occasional careless research. Del Olmo suggests that my investigation of drug trafficker Pablo Acosta (whom he concluded I admire, which I and others find amazing) began and ended with Acosta himself. In fact, I queried the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Customs Service about him--the latter was fascinated that I had interviewed and arranged to photograph him, something they had failed for years to achieve.
May 30, 1997 |
"Since leaving home," writes Howard Frank Mosher, a combination of Ernest Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau and Jim Harrison from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, "I've been on the lookout for indicators of what I think of as true North Country. Good brook trout fishing is one such indicator. So is a notoriously severe climate. Yet another is static over the car radio. Whenever I can't pick up anything but static, I know I'm really up on the hinterlands, exactly where I want to be."
August 9, 1993 |
The new eight-foot-high, seven-mile fence looks like any other freeway median barrier. But this fence, installed near the U.S. Border Patrol's San Onofre checkpoint, is meant to control people, not vehicles. This bloody stretch of Interstate 5 south of San Clemente is a focal point in the war to protect the United States' border with Mexico.