El Paso museum sheds light on Border Patrol's history, missionHistorians in the News
tags: Texas, immigration, Museum, border
With all eyes focused on the U.S.-Mexico border amid the ongoing standoff over the government shutdown, it's easy to lose sight of the agents who patrol the frontier.
A museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Border Patrol seeks to provide a complex view of a once unknown agency that rose from obscurity to become one of the nation's most powerful arms of law enforcement. The privately funded museum in El Paso — near one of the busiest U.S. ports of entry — attempts to piece together its history as the nation's views on immigration, travel and border security have changed.
Using photos, artifacts, newspaper clippings and even movie posters, the U.S. Border Patrol Museum explores the story from the agency's formation — to fight Chinese immigration and enforce Prohibition — to its current role at a time of massive migration, cartel drug smuggling and political skirmishes.
Museum visitors learn about some of the challenges agents faced over the years, from rudimentary equipment to lack of jurisdiction. Mounted horsemen and poorly assembled vehicles gave way to high-tech helicopters and surveillance accessories as expectations of the agency increased.
comments powered by Disqus
- Documentary on the Last Slave Ship to Arrive in the United States Takes on Questions of Memorializing Racist Violence
- The Underground Network of Ministers and Rabbis Aiding Abortion Access Before Roe
- At its 50th Reunion, La Raza Unida Asks How to Pass the Torch
- US Neglect of Puerto Rico is in the News, but the Main Historical Relationship has been Abuse
- Will SCOTUS Revisit the Second Class Citizenship of American Samoans?
- COVID Shows the US as a Country Kept from Grieving
- Education or Trauma: Debating the Movie Presentation of "Till"
- Sergey Radchenko on Putin's Mobilization Speech
- A Finnish Historian's Ambitious Rethinking of Native American History Draws Praise and Criticism
- National Archives Exhibition Challenges the Meritocratic, Democratic Myths of American Sports