The Senate passed an immigration reform bill on June 27. The pathway to citizenship outlined in the bill would benefit a great number of people, but before those provisions can come into effect, certain border security triggers must first be met. NACLA’s Border Wars writer Todd Miller was interviewed on Berkley’s KPFA about the bill. He outlines the rise of border policing that took place under the Clinton administration, and how this has only increased since September 11, 2001. The Senate bill provides $46 billion to augment border security, which will double the number of border patrol agents. But even in the current context of sequestration and budget cuts, this spending will most likely be even more than that.
Introduction by NACLA staff.
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.