President Trump’s immigration policy has helped slash illegal border crossing from Mexico. But in 2017, deaths along the border rose. Border Patrol agents feel increasingly under fire as critics move their focus from Washington to the border itself, where agents feel more like crossing guards than lawmen. Not that the Border Patrol union in McAllen, Texas, minds. “It boils down to compassion,” union official Chris Cabrera says. Better it be this ragtag group of military veterans than anyone else who may not care as much as they do — about securing the frontier.