Isaac Lopez, Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Stigmatization of the United States Border Patrol

Abstract: Hispanic Border Patrol agents make up 52% of the Border Patrol agency workforce. Over the course of time, Hispanic agents have been stigmatized by their own friends, family, and society because of the career choice they have selected. The goal of this research is to assess the different types of stigmas placed by society on the agents, as well as the agency. Questionnaires will be collected from 10 agents in 6 different Border Patrol stations in the South Texas region. The responses will be analyzed using a methodological approach with a theoretical discussion applying Deviance Neutralization theory (Sykes & Matza 1957).

Presentation Author(s):
Isaac Lopez*

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