What Emergency Responders Face on the US-Mexico Border

Listen here to the interview for The Takeaway on PRI/WNYC/WGBH aired on November 20, 2018.

In 2017, 415 migrants died on the border, according to the International Organization for Migration. As of 2016, the U.S. Border Patrol employed more than 4,100 first responders, 730 emergency medical technicians and more than 70 paramedics. That response force is assisted by local fire departments, ambulances, and volunteers. 

Harvard professor Ieva Jusionyte has worked as an emergency responder in both northern Mexico and in southern Arizona while conducting fieldwork — and she says responders are often stretched thin. She compiled her research and experiences into a new book, “Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border.”