Border Patrol

  • The US Should Abandon the Fantasy of Sealing the Border

    by Dara Lind

    A border policy focused on apprehension and driven by social panics about immigration will repeat a cycle of escalation and relaxation without addressing the fundamental human dynamics of migration, argues a border policy scholar. 

  • The Myth of "Open Borders"

    by Anna O. Law

    Recent efforts by Texas and other states to claim the power to apprehend suspected undocumented immigrants reflects a conflict of federalism that traces back to the efforts of slave states to control the movement of free Black people in their territories and of northern states to keep out poor immigrants.

  • The Border Patrol Helped Create the "Browning" of America

    The family story of historian Mireya Loza and her father Pedro illustrates an irony of militarized border enforcement: Labor migrants who once contemplated returning to Mexico or Central America were forced to stay in the US and raise American families.

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s #Pride Tweet Conceals a Violent History

    by Jessica Ordaz and Alejandra Portillos

    "ICE’s message, that immigration enforcement and LGBTQ equality can be compatible, is dangerous because it conceals a violent history of immigration enforcement that has targeted and harmed LGBTQ people in the name of policing borders."

  • Todd Miller: The Constitution-Free Zone of our Northern Border

    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