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Day 11: Video - Border patrol agent knows his AP history

April 2, 2017
Driving north out of Columbus, New Mexico, we run into a pro-Associated Press Border Patrol officer who is surprisingly well-versed in the founding of our news agency.

Driving north out of Columbus, New Mexico, we run into a pro-Associated Press Border Patrol agent who is surprisingly well-versed in the founding of our news agency.

The agent, who’s at one of the many Border Patrol checkpoints inside the United States that we’ve passed through, notices Rodrigo editing video on his laptop in the passenger seat and asks if we’re making a documentary. We tell him about our project, driving from one end of the U.S.-Mexico border to the other for the AP.

“I like the AP,” he surprises us by saying, and launches into the news agency’s history, explaining that he just wrote some kind of paper about it but not saying for whom.

And you know something? The border patrol agent was right about the AP’s history!

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