Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Based on these experiences, he wrote “The Line Becomes a River,” an exploration of the U.S.-Mexico border, its politics, gatekeepers, and victims on both sides of the line. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured in Best American Essays, Harper’s, n+1, Orion, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life.
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