SOURCE: Texas Tribune
Texas governors since 9/11 have pledged billions to secure the state's border with Mexico, but a lack of accountability suggests that electoral and partisan concerns have been the key motive.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Masha Gessen
On behalf of the D.H.S. and its uniformed services, Director Chad Wolf claimed responsibility for the armed presence in Portland. He asserted that his agency was doing exactly what it was created to do. He was right.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
by Karl Jacoby
What’s happening in Oregon reflects the long history of unprecedented police powers granted to federal border agents over what has become a far more expansive border zone than most Americans realize.
SOURCE: The Hill
by Tom Mockaitis
The sight of armed men in combat fatigues without name tags driving around in unmarked vehicles to detain protestors might have been expected in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, or the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s. Such tactics have no place on the streets of an American city in 2020.
SOURCE: Washington Monthly
Trump's ordering of DHS personnel to arrest protesters in Portland should be seen in light of the expiration of a critical 1982 consent decree under which the Republican National Committee has agreed not to deploy law enforcement officers to polling stations. That conduct will no longer be barred in 2020.
Todd Miller has researched and written about U.S.-Mexican border issues for more than 10 years. He has worked on both sides of the border for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, and Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico. He now writes on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its blog “Border Wars,” among other places. He is at work on his first book, Border Patrol Nation, for the Open Media Series of City Lights Books.Originally posted on TomDispatch.com
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