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Maggie Cruz Wallis: Border Patrol Agent

One of our main characters is the Mexican-American border patrol agent, Maggie Cruz Wallis. Most border patrol agents have it tough. They must work graveyard shifts alone in remote towns along the Mexican border, put in long hours, and perform well in triple-digit temperatures. That job description is never advertised in US Border Patrol recruitment brochures, but the sobering reality is that the job entail such a difficult working environment that about 30 percent of agents quit within 18 months.