Growing Up Border Patrol

Photo: <a href="">National Border Patrol Museum</a>

The United States Border Patrol turned 85 this week. What better way to celebrate than by indoctrinating American youth?

Below, four examples of kid-friendly border patrol fun:

Border Patrol Explorers

This summer camp teaches teens how to shoot weapons and make arrests. Many go on to become real Border Patrol agents when they grow up.

Border Patrol Online Game

The mission: “Keep them out…at any cost!”

The victims: Mexican drug smugglers and “breeders”—pregnant women with children.

The US Border Patrol: Guarding the Nation

A children’s book full of suspense: “It’s a dark night in Texas. Some people are trying to sneak across the Mexican border.…(Agents) zoom to the scene. They arrest the people crossing the border. Then they send them back to their own country.”

National Border Patrol Museum

Includes gee-whiz memorabilia like an original Border Patrol boat, plus a gift shop with BP Hot Wheels, temporary tattoos, and infant beanies. Museum motto? “Where Heroes and Legends Come Alive.”


In 2014, before Donald Trump announced his run for president, we knew we had to do something different to address the fundamental challenge facing journalism: how hard-hitting reporting that can hold the powerful accountable can survive as the bottom falls out of the news business.

Being a nonprofit, we started planning The Moment for Mother Jones: A special campaign to raise $25 million for key investments to make Mother Jones the strongest watchdog it can be. Five years later, readers have stepped up and contributed an astonishing $23 million in gifts and future pledges. This is an incredible statement from the Mother Jones community in the face of the huge threats—both economic and political—against the free press.

Read more about The Moment and see what we've been able to accomplish thanks to readers' incredible generosity so far, and please join them today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total, during this critical moment for journalism.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.


We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.