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the William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction
Book on Southwestern America Published in 2010
A History of the U.S. Border Patrol
(University of California
Honoring Kelly Lytle Hernandez
This is the
of the United
Patrol from its
1924 as a small
outfit to its
emergence as a
police force. To
tell this story,
through a gold
mine of lost and
factory, and in
U.S. and Mexican
Focusing on the
of policing the
reveals how the
control into a
Mexicans in the
Kelly Lytle Hernández is an associate professor in the department of history and associate director of the National Center for History in the Schools, both at University of California, Los Angeles.
judging committee wrote,
cross-border research for Migra! is
substantial and impressive, revealing extensive
interaction between the U.S. and Mexico in the
policing of our borders. She moves beyond the
everyday (and seasonal) influences of agribusiness
on human cross-border migration and demonstrates how
other groups and forces shaped the policies and
enforcement of immigration controls."
"Hernández writes well and knows how to balance
sound arguments with a modicum of statistics gleaned
from massive sets of documents and government
records consulted in both the U.S. and Mexico."
ably represents the continuing influence of the late
David Weber's scholarship on the borderlands."
The $2,500 Clements Book
Prize honors fine writing and original research on the
American Southwest. The competition is open to any
nonfiction book, including biography, on any aspect of
Southwestern life, past or present. The William P.
Clements Center for Southwest Studies is part of SMU's
Dedman College and affiliated with the Department of
History. It was created to promote research, publishing,
teaching and public programming in a variety of fields
related to the American Southwest.