Rush to hire border agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

  By Andres Guerra Luz WASHINGTON – A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases. Continue reading
 

Media Covers Sessions’ Racism But Not The Protests Against It. Why?

By Jenn Budd / Crooks and Liars Attorney General Jeff Sessions escaped his elfin tree this past week to spew a stream of offensive, racist comments aimed at our border communities.  Continue reading
 

Why We Need a Whistle-Blower in US Customs and Border Protection

The agency, which oversees Border Patrol, is one of the most opaque and unaccountable in our government. By John Washington What we do know about the US Customs and Border Protection—the federal agency that oversees our country’s international trade, immigration services, and the increasingly militarized Border Patrol—is worrying.  Continue reading
 

Caravan Against Fear stops in San Diego during trek along border

A caravan of seven vans filled with immigrant rights activists stopped at a section of border fence in San Diego on Tuesday as part of a journey from Sacramento to El Paso. Continue reading
 

Rare Meeting Between Tucson Rights Groups, Border Patrol

  What happens when Border Patrol officials and immigration advocates get together? Sparks fly, as was the case in a rare meeting in Tucson last week hosted by the Border Action Network.  Continue reading
 

Families in US, Mexico celebrate Easter at Friendship Park

People met at the Mexico-U.S. border for an Easter service unlike any other Sunday.   "We're here as a reminder that we are members of one family - the human family," said one preacher at the service.   Continue reading
 

USA Today: Christian Ramirez's Letter to the Editor

By Christian Ramirez   As a lifetime border resident, I object to the “cozy” characterization of the relationship between border communities and law enforcement in USA TODAY's article, "In a border town, locals 'very fond' of their federal Border Patrol officers." Far from feeling safe or comforted by the overwhelming presence of law enforcement officers, many of us feel as though we're living in occupied territory. Continue reading
 

Sitting Under a Cactus Bush

Brownsville, South Texas, USA on the border with Mexico is within the fifth country that I have worked in as a Marist priest and is my fourth foreign country. One walks with the people wherever one is but especially when it is with the poor.   Continue reading
 

Wall Threatens Property of Border Residents, Some Trump Voters

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it: that's the takeaway for some border residents who voted for Donald Trump in last November's presidential elections, despite his loud-and-clear promises to build a “great, great wall” in their communities. Continue reading
 

Voices from the border: Opposing Trump's wall

Americans living close to the Mexico border voice opposition to policies that falsely conflate immigration and security. Continue reading
   
 

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