Controlling the U.S./Mexico border has become increasingly like waging a war, according to revelations reported in AFSC’s Google Hangout on Air, Boots on the Border, on Oct. 30, 2013. [Watch the one-hour discussion in its entirety.]
From the physical abuse of people in border areas to military contractors pushing for more investment in war-zone technology on the border, listeners heard about the militarization of different aspects of the immigration system.
The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the most militarized borders in the world, with billions of dollars spent on border security every year. Quina, an AFSC intern in Greensboro, N.C., grew up near the U.S.-Canada border and later lived in Tucson near the U.S.-Mexico border. Struck by the differences, she shares what "border security" means to her.
AFSC’s San Diego office and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) have been working together to hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable in cases where their violent actions have resulted in the loss of life. Over the last two years, SBCC has documented eight cases of U.S. Border Patrol brutality, including the beating and tasering of 42 year old Anastasio Hernandez Rojas – father of five children and 26 year resident of San Diego, CA – in May 2010. Anastasio would go on to die from his injuries after the assault near the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry in San Diego.
A reporter stands where Jose Alfredo Yañez Reyes might have been when he was shot. There is no sign of blood on the U.S. side, meaning he was on the Mexican side when he was shot.
Tijuana/San Diego - The Migrant Defense Coalition (based in Baja California, Mexico) and the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) condemn the latest act of aggression committed Tuesday night by Border Patrol agents at the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego.
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