Minding America

Up in Arms 1

Danny Wilcox Frazier, Redux

Carmen Mercer of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps patrols the border near Palominas, Ariz.

The first time Harel Shapira set foot inside a Minuteman camp, a member of the often-disparaged group threw him out.

Then a doctoral student in sociology at Columbia University, Shapira persisted. The result is Waiting for José: The Minutemen's Pursuit of America (Princeton University Press), a study of the self-appointed policers of American borders.

Shapira, now a postdoctoral fellow at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge, takes the