Washington Trained Guatemala’s Mass Murderers—and the Border Patrol Played a Role

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Now two Guatemalan children have died under Border Patrol custody. But the agency’s role in Latin American oppression has a long history.

  • Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesby
  • The Nation

John P. Longan was an agent with the US Border Patrol in the 1940s and ’50s, working near the Mexican border, where two Guatemalan migrant children fell mortally ill last month in the custody of the Border Patrol—7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquín, who died on December 8, and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, who…

Longan had a reputation for violence, as did many patrollers. Since its founding in the early 20th century, the…

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