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Why are we building new walls to divide us?

Almost a quarter of a century after the Iron Curtain came down, the walls are going up again. In steel and concrete, with watchtowers and barbed wire, mankind is building separation barriers at a rate perhaps unequalled in history – at least 6,000 miles in the last decade alone, according to a Guardian analysis.

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Sat Dec 6 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


Memorial services set for author Charles Bowden (updated)

Chuck Bowden Memorial, Rock Corral Ranch, Tumacacori, AZ, Sat. Nov 13, 2-5 pm Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term “journalist” — is dead. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez…

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Wed Nov 12 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


Saudi Builds Northern Border Wall

The project includes five layers of fencing which will cut the “number of infiltrators, drug, arms and cattle smugglers to zero,” SPA said.It said surveillance would be reinforced by watch towers, night-vision cameras and 50 radars.Control complexes have been built in areas stretching from Hafr al-Batin in the northeast to Turaif near the Jordanian border, SPA said.

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Wed Oct 15 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


Beyond the Border Buildup!!!

Today, border communities are separated by both security measures and security conditions. South of the borderline, a spiral of organized crime has made Mexico’s northern states one of the world’s most violent regions. North of the borderline, a “war on drugs,” a “war on terror,” and rising anti-immigrant sentiment have encouraged a flurry of fence-building and a multiplied presence of guards, spies, and soldiers. Together, both sides comprise one of the world’s principal corridors for the transshipment of illegal drugs and weapons.

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Wed Oct 15 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


Most border crossers are not Mexican

On Wednesday, October 1, the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) released its annual report on immigration enforcement actions, which is part of the larger Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. The report presents summary statistics on the number of foreigners apprehended, detained, and removed from the country in the previous fiscal year (FY). The new Yearbook statistics show that (1) immigrant removals are bypassing the immigration court system in record numbers, (2) a record number of removals took place in FY 2013, (3) immigration crimes make up an increasing share of criminal removals, and (4) Central Americans make up an increasing share of apprehended migrants.

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Wed Oct 15 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


THE REAL DEATH VALLEY

In “The Real Death Valley,” we tell the story of Fernando Palomo, a 22-year-old Salvadoran who happened to be a talented artist, and who was beaten within a centimeter of his life when he refused to design a gang’s tattoos. He and his older brother, like tens of thousands of others, fled their homeland and journeyed north to what they saw as the relative safety of the United States. They made it across the Rio Grande into Texas, but that hardly put an end to their troubles.

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Wed Sep 17 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


La Bestia: the hit song the US border agency made to scare off immigrants

It’s a big hit in Central America with its lyrics about la bestia, or the ‘train of death’, that migrants ride up to the US border. But few listeners know that it is all part of a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign to dissuade them.It might just be the most tuneful piece of propaganda since The Simpsons’ “Drop Da Bomb”. La Bestia, “the beast”, mimics the traditional Mexican narrative ballads called “corridos”. With catchy Caribbean-style …

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Thu Jul 17 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


66 Percent of Americans Now Live in a Constitution-Free Zone

Imagine the once thin borderline of the American past as an ever-thickening band, now extending 100 miles inland around the United States—along the 2,000-mile southern border, the 4,000-mile northern border and both coasts—and you will be able to visualize how vast the CBP’s jurisdiction has become. This “border” region now covers places where two-thirds of the US population (197.4 million people) live. The ACLU has come to call it a “constitution-free zone.” The “border” has by now devoured the full states of Maine and Florida and much of Michigan.

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Thu Jul 17 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


UN Enters Immigration Debate, Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees.

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Tue Jul 8 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

Currently, detained Central American minors are supposed to be transferred to non-law-enforcement officials’ custody and shelters where they have access to legal advisers and trauma specialists who are trained to assess their histories and explain legal options to them in language minors can grasp.

Under changes being contemplated, kids could instead be put on a path to repatriation before they get a chance to talk to Spanish-speaking child-welfare specialists and fully understand that they have a right to appear before an immigration judge. 

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Tue Jul 8 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


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