Ten miles from the Mexican border, students at Horizon High School in El Paso, Texas, are enrolling in
law enforcement classes and joining a unique after-school activity: the criminal justice club. Through
mock-ups of drug raids and active-shooter takedowns, they inch closer to their desired careers in border
patrol, policing, and customs enforcement. We follow Mexican American students Kassy and Cesar and
recent graduate Cristina as they navigate the complications inherent in their chosen path and discover
their choices may clash with the values and people they hold closest.
Through intimate access and a clear-sighted lens, director Maisie Crow takes us inside one of the largest
policing education programs in the region, offering a rare portrait of Latinx adolescents grappling with their
place within their communities. Unafraid of confronting the difficult questions that lurk at the intersection of
identity, immigration, and personal politics, At the Ready asks: What is the price of pursuing dreams that
have very real ramifications?