Stopping the border deaths: towards freedom of migration for all

  By Harald Bauder International borders have become deadly barriers, rivaled only by war and major natural disasters in the number of fatalities they produce. The consortium ‘The Migrants’ Files’ has recorded more than 3,000 deadly incidents between 2000 and early 2016, during which an estimated 32,000 men, women, and children died or went missing while trying to reach Europe. In Australia the ‘Border Deaths database’, maintained by the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University, has counted almost 2,000 deaths in the same period. Still more migrants have died in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, and in the jungles of southeast Asia. Nobody knows exactly how many people have died, because many deaths are unseen or undocumented. Continue reading

A Small Oasis: A Border Park Keeps Immigrants Connected

By Paul Nyhan Families too often are divided by U.S. immigration policies, but on a small patch of land that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, separated families can reunite, at least for a few hours. The patch of land is actually two parks, Playas de Tijuana, in Mexico, and Friendship Park directly across from it in San Diego County. Continue reading

CBP Border Screening Trials Use Vision-Box Facial Biometrics Tech

  By Alex Perala Vision-Box technology continues to play an important role in the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s trialing of biometric border control, the company has announced. In a statement, the company says it’s the provider of “the core biometric technology” used in the CBP’s JFK International Airport project. Continue reading

History shows Trump's 'beautiful' border wall would be worthless

  By Kimball Taylor A house in the La Libertad neighborhood of Tijuana relies on the corrugated iron border fence erected under President Clinton for its back wall. The engineers who designed the fence in 1994 left three feet of American soil on the Mexican side, to allow for repairs without the need for diplomatic agreements. That means this home's inhabitants can pass freely between two nations under one roof. The matriarch jokes that, with the way her bed is positioned, she dreams in America while her feet remain squarely in Mexico. Continue reading

SCOTUS Declines Opportunity to Limit Random Border Patrol Stops

  By Jacob Sullum The Court's decision leaves motorists vulnerable to the whims of armed government agents who can stop them at will. Today the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to impose limits on a disturbing exception to the Fourth Amendment that allows random detention of motorists within 100 miles of a border—a zone that includes two-thirds of the U.S. population. Since the rationale for these stops is immigration enforcement, they are supposed to be very brief. Yet in 2010 Richard Rynearson, an Air Force officer who brought the case that the Court today declined to hear, was detainedat a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Uvalde County, Texas, for a total of 34 minutes, even though there was no reason to believe he was an illegal alien or a criminal. Continue reading

Border Patrol Board to Review Excessive Force Accusation

  By Nancy Montoya An unusual step by the U.S. Border Patrol in California to look into their own cases of excessive force charges, may have major implications here in Arizona. Continue reading

Uber is now making one-way trips across the US-Mexico border

  By Andrew J . Hawkins Just in time for spring break, Uber announced today that it would start taking passengers across the US-Mexico border for the very first time, from San Diego to Tijuana. But getting back will be trickier, thanks to the regulations that govern ride-hail companies like Uber. Continue reading

Some students feel unsafe on campus

  By Morgan Cherry Sacramento State is endeavoring to be a diverse, inclusive campus community, but some undocumented students do not feel safe. On Wednesday, March 9, Rosa Isela Barrientos, a junior majoring in Chicano studies and government, said she walked by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol car parked in the vicinity of the WELL. As one of the 800 undocumented students currently attending Sac State, Barrientos feared not only for her safety, but also for the safety of her family and her fellow undocumented students. Continue reading

Border Patrol union: CBP report is flawed, inaccurate

  By Tatiana Sanchez Leaders of the national Border Patrol union on Wednesday challenged the findings of a scathing report issued this week by a law enforcement task force that found U.S. Customs and Border Protection has done little to combat widespread corruption and lack of accountability within the agency. Continue reading

Surprise Inspections at Immigrant Detention Centers Have Begun

  By Michael Oleaga Opponents of immigrant detention centers are applauding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for initiating unannounced inspections at its facilities.   Continue reading

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