border security

March 29, 2024
Ramón Garibaldo Valdéz

Kristina Shull’s book Detention Empire shines a light on the links between U.S. repressive counterinsurgency abroad and debilitating immigrant detention policies at home.

January 8, 2024
Nina Ebner and Gabriel Antonio Solis

As corporate boosters push to shift supply chains from China to northern Mexico, military expansion in the borderlands secures manufacturing zones for transnational capital.

March 8, 2019

Recent displays of state violence from CBP and the excessive militarization of Mexico-U.S. land ports of entry are normalizing the image of the U.S. at ‘war’ against the transborder community and asylum seekers.

December 28, 2018

Border security—supported by Republicans and Democrats alike—is responsible for the death of Jakelin Caal, the exoneration of the Border Patrol agent who murdered a Mexican teen, and the separation and death of thousands of immigrant families.


October 26, 2016

The number of migrants in detention has risen exponentially in the past two decades, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

December 10, 2015

Through technological fixes and greater collaboration, the U.S.-Mexico border prepares for a smoother interchange of goods, while becoming an even more dangerous barrier for everyday people.

August 8, 2013
As part of the NACLA-Global Voices series, Latin America: Migrant Journeys, we talk to Global Voices contributor Robert Valencia and NACLA writer Joseph Nevins about what the U.S. immigration reform legislation means for migrant communities.
July 15, 2013
Most migrants at the Tochan shelter in Mexico once dreamt of reaching the United States. But cartel violence running along the train tracks, as well as the increased security along the U.S. border, has made Mexico become a new destination country for migrants.
July 9, 2013
The pathway to citizenship outlined in the Senate's immigration reform 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 potential consequences of further border militarization. 
June 26, 2013

In the wake of the passage of the Corker-Hoeven amendment in the U.S. Senate, last week's sentencing of the Villareal borthers, former Border Patrol agents, on corruption-related charges, is a vauable reminder of the elusive nature of so-called border security.


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