Featuring a Foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jocko Willink

An inside look at the U.S./Mexican border through the eyes of former U.S. Border Patrol agent, Vincent Vargas, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.

A word from the author

I never imagined being in the position to share this story. However, as border security continually makes headlines across the country, it seems more important then ever to shed light on the reality of the Border Patrol and the complexities of immigration.

Drawing from my personal experiences as a combat veteran, Federal Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and third-generation Mexican American, I felt it was crucial to offer an unbiased perspective. Officers on the border often face contraints when expressing their views on controversia topics, including the challenges they encounter in the field. The media also tends to manipulate thoese narratives to serve their own agendas, influencing public opinion in different ways.

In Borderline, my goal is to take you, and readers everywhere, on an enlightening journey, unraveling the inticacies and challenges of a frequently misunderstood profession. I want to shed light on the flaws within our current immigration system, which requires significant transformation, while also shedding light on the Border Patrol's elite special operations teams and the value they bring to our borders.

My sincere hope is that, as you delve deeper into this story, you develop deeper respect for those who safeguard our nation, while comprehending and empathizing with the motivations of immigrants drawn to the luminous opportunities the United States provides.

By exploring our nation's immigration policy, I believe we can equip ourselves with the necessary knowledge to spark the crucial changes this system needs. Through eeducation and understanding, we can transcend the role of passive observers and become active catalysts for a fair and compassionate society.


Guarding the borders of the United States, and thereby protecting the citizenry, falls to a relatively small and often misunderstood federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more commonly referred to as the Border Patrol, is the country’s first line of defense. It is comprised of dedicated Americans who put their lives on the line while being maligned in the press and by politicians with agendas at odds with the safety and security of the very constituents they represent. That rhetoric and those policies put the lives of the brave men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol in greater danger, yet they get up each day to hold the line for us all. Powerful, insightful, and thought-provoking, Borderline by Vincent Vargas is a must read for every American. Before you make a snap judgement about the Border Patrol based on a sound bite, take the time to understand the agency and get to know those who are charged with protecting the nation through the pages of Borderline. - Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL Sniper, host of the Danger Close Podcast, and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the James Reece Terminal List series.