The Nation: On the Track of the Invaders

The watch on the Rio Grande is a most crucial outpost in the ceaseless war of nerves with the illegal Mexican immigrants. Here they can be quickly apprehended and returned home with a minimum of fuss and expense. The problem is catching them, for they have as many escape routes as the snakelike Rio Grande has bends. Maintaining the daily vigil in the Harlingen sector of the Texas-Mexican border is Roland Lomblot, 51, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol. He and his eleven-man crew capture an average of 200 aliens a month. But the agents are so outmanned that...

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