Many people in Mexico have a terrible impression of the U.S. Border Patrol.
"La Migra" are portrayed across society in Mexico as brutes as intent on beating or killing illegal immigrants as keeping them from entering the country. Lies are circulated about the Border Patrol and true stories of occasional misdeeds are grossly exaggerated.
Those of us who live on the border and have a more objective viewpoint know such a reputation is largely wrong. Most BP agents simply are doing an important job for our nation and are as a civil as possible while doing it.
And more and more in this area of the border, our Border Patrol agents are lifesavers as much or more than they are border guards. They rescue scores of illegal immigrants from the edge of death in our deserts and canals each year. The truth is many Border Patrol agents are heroes.