Border Wardens

Border Wardens

Submitter: Really, any 1971 discussion of enforcing the US-Mexican border is out of date, especially with it being such a prominent issue these days. People are seeking information. The subtitle and back flap text also indicate we can find something more objective out there.  The author mostly wrote scifi/fantasy.

Holly: This is a topic you’ll definitely want to update, especially in border states.












  1. Comments open! Sorry for the delay I had trouble finding Internet access today. 🙂

  2. The blurb sounds like it’s describing a Louis Lamour western or a boys’ dime novel! I’ll also note that BOTH flags are incorrect.

  3. “Wetbacks” – That word will get you in serious trouble in Texas these days. It never was polite, and now it’s an offensive insult.

  4. “Wetbacks”! LOL. I think this is a weeder. And all that stuff about being a sharpshooter makes you think they’re just picking people off like rats in a dump. ICky. And tracking- so if they wound a “wetback”, they just track him down so they can finish him off?

  5. WETBACKS??!! I’m guessing this is not an objective examination of migration in America. I’m amazed it doesn’t mention sending “the n*****s back where they came from”.

  6. Full agreement with Claudia: that book uses a taboo racist term on its cover! Eeeuw… (and what’s ‘pot’, Grandaddy-o?)

  7. I am from texas, and i am mexican american, and not only do WE call each other wetbacks, so does everyone else. I am so glad to know that America is the home of censorship and deciding what is taboo and what isnt. *we also still call it pot, too*

  8. If you travel to Southern California, don’t call anyone a wetback. Unless you want a beat down.

  9. While its fine to have the different viewpoints represented, the data and reasoning behind the ones in this book are exactly 40 years old (Actually probably more than that, since the book was finalized in 71 but probably written in 69/70). Consequently anything about document forgery will have no mention of modern documents (Anything plastic), modern technological methods (Everify for example), several major federal laws concerning immigration, a completely changed Mexico (No longer a single party state), etc., etc., etc…


  10. Interesting that this was on someone’s mind in 1971… to hear people talk now you’d think border safety was a new problem! On description alone (not to mention subtitle!) definitely outdated and biased.

  11. I love how the Mexico border is “America’s wildest international boundary” — oh, Canada, why are you so tame?

    (that aside, I’m irked at the superlative adjective for comparing two things . . . the U.S.-Mexico border is only the America’s *wilder* boundary, heh)

  12. John Myers Myers? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! “Silverlock” was an INCREDIBLE book that simply must be read by everyone who considers themself a fan of literature!!!
    Alas, our idols are often all too human. I am a sad panda.

  13. The term wetbacks is more than impolite, it is very derogatory, and it has long been so. It is like the n-word. I am from New Mexico, one of the “wild border states” the author is refering to. I am Mexican-American with close ties to the immigrant community, and definitly using this word, the English word, Spanish version, or the slang spanglish version, are all very inappropriate. I saw this book in my library a couple years ago and forced myself to skim through it, and I was offended and disgusted. It makes big unfounded claims, is filled with innaccuracies, and breeds hate.

  14. I have been reading your site instead of working :/ .. and just noticed where the comments tab was. I disagree with culling this book, not knowing anything about the book in particular, by analogy with Thomas Friedman’s “From Beirut to Jerusalem” (1989). It can be good to get a perspective on long-running political questions by looking at them from a vantage point decades distant. Often you will find that what is being touted as a fresh new solution was tried and failed long ago. That aspects of the problem seen as intractable have faded away. That currently intractable problems started life as solutions to different problems. etc.

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