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Connecting Black Lives Matter to the Border

One can almost see the dots being connected today. And the demand: We deserve better. We will not have this done in our name.
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Three New Resources for Teaching About Migration and COVID-19

A number of new resources for teachers can help make the connections between migration and health, including the impact of COIVD-19 on migrants across the globe.
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May 19, In the Desert with Alvaro Enciso

Alvaro Enciso is one of the most notable artists in the American Southwest. Among his…

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At Stewart Detention Center: “People are Really Scared”

"People are really scared. It’s really, really clear that the fear is real. And they’re not getting tests."
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Graffiti On A Wall Of A Woman And A Man Holding Each Other.

Love, Luck and Borders

What to do with this consciousness of unfairness, of privilege, of the cruelty of one’s nation? Their father marched, donated, spoke up. They do the same. These are good answers, though certainly never enough.
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Planting Another Cross in the Desert: “the purple cross, barely visible”

From Alvaro Enciso: "the purple cross, barely visible, is for marco antonio tapia nunez, a 27-year-old mexican migrant. . . "
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Alejandro’s Story, from the Kino Border Initiative

Alejandro is an asylum-seeker from Venezuela who is fleeing political persecution. He spent the summer in Nogales while waiting to present at the port of entry, and has been detained in La Palma since September.
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Artist Alvaro Enciso Returns to the Desert to Plant a New Cross

Noted artist Alvaro Enciso has planted crosses to mark the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Sonoran desert south of Tucson, each marked with a red dot like those marking men and women who have perished on the “death maps” published by Humane Borders. This is his report from the borderlands earlier this week.
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Person Wearing A Police ICE Vest.

COVID Becomes Cover for Sweeping Out ICE Detention Facilities

The United States is seeding the corona virus across Central America as it deports carriers and actively ill deportees to Mexico and Central American nations. The health minister of Guatemala has recently captured the threat to his region, calling the U.S. “the Wuhan of the Americas.”
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Re-Post: The Four Best Online Resources for Teaching about the Border, K-12

"This is history, this is government, this is human rights - how can I not be teaching about this?"
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Volunteers Still Able to Cross into Mexico – But Most Are Staying Away

Amid a contradictory set of public reports (and public policies) about who can cross the U.S./Mexican border today, we are learning that most humanitarian volunteers are making it through.
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Call for News: Please Share What You’re Seeing at the Border

Please send any notes or observations to petertemes@gmail.com, or post on the BorderNews.org Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/2970007533044493/, and we'll share them on this platform.
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ICE Breaks Corona Virus Protocols to Continue Deportations

ICE officers spent the day on Tuesday, the first day in many states and cities with legally-mandated social distancing protocols to protect the general population, gathering up migrants in Southern California.
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Kate Gordon: “The Sickest I’ve Ever Been”

I have never ever thought that Guatemalans fleeing to the US were fleeing poverty. Rather, they were fleeing forced famine and the residue of the genocide.
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Viral Thinking at the Border

The impulse to lock the border, push cruise ships out to sea, and share our public virtues only with people who look and sound like us and haven’t had the bad judgment to consort with speakers of other languages or travel to far places, is predictable.
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U.S. Embassy in Mexico Public Information on COVID-19

Perhaps most useful on the embassy page as it stands today is the phone number for the COVID-19 hotline now operated by the Mexican Ministry of Health. The Spanish-language hotline can be reached at 800 0044 800.
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61,000 MPP Deportation Proceedings; 263 Decisions to Grant Relief

The outcomes are stark: 263 people have been granted relief.
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“You Will Not Be Forgotten”

Artist Sandy Rodriguez is closing out her remarkable show of 20 works of visual art, including a display of indigenous materials she uses to make her pigments,. The show is extraordinary, blending earthy landscapes with images of the faces of children who have died in ICE and CBP custody in the past three years.
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“Drawn to America” – Editorial Cartoonist Steve Breen’s Humanizing Story-Telling

The simple, personal stories collected and illustrated by Breen are as timely as ever
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Clear and Friendly Guide to Seeking Asylum, in English and Spanish

Stanford Law School’s Immigrants Rights Clinic created a clear, easily readable guide to “Getting Asylum…

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U.S. Supreme Court Passes on Civil Liability for Border Patrol Agent Shooting and Killing Teen in Mexico

In 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez Guereca, was shot in the head and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while the agent stood in the U.S., and Hernandez Guereca ran from him, on the Mexican side of the border in Juarez.
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A Major Oral History Resource, Documenting Deportation: Humanizando La Deportacion

These testimonies add the details of full and productive lives as Americans cut short – the work of men and women as laborers and professionals, as neighbors and parents and mentors and pastors, now halted; the end of refuge.
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Play Spaces for Migrant Children Sprouting in Tijuana

“We hear children ask: ‘Why is it so beautiful?’ and we say ‘Because you deserve it,’” she said.
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Alvaro Enciso: Five New Crosses to Mark Those Who Have Perished on the Migrant Trails

these five crosses, not far apart from each other, are for migrants whose remains were recovered in the last couple of years. none of them have been identified.
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Graffiti On A Wall Of A Woman And A Man Holding Each Other.

Laura Enriquez publishes “Fear and Romance for People without Papers” in the LA Times today

These realities fundamentally shape the material, psychological and social foundations of romantic relationships and families.
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Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Releases Blockbuster Report on the Health Crisis Caused by U.S. Policies at the Border with Mexico

Unlike much commentary, the report is based on direct evidence drawn from person-by-person medical support for thousands of migrants, and 480 direct interviews. The voices of the people living through this crisis are at the forefront of this documentary report, and the conclusions are dire.
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At the Border: Witness, Tourist, Worker?

The trade-off is a challenging one: in some cases, volunteers are providing counsel; warm human presence to people confused and in need; healthcare services; and much-needed advocacy. In other cases, well-meaning folks show up and tell their own stories - variations of "here's me helping at the border."
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Migrant Encampment in Matamoros Moving onto the Banks of the Rio Grande; Pressure by Locals Increasing

The relative safety of the main encampment has been a powerful draw for migrants pushed back from the border, And the snakes: the shore of the Rio Grande is infested with coral snakes.
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Shannon’s Story – part three

As we waited for flights to be booked for us, we stayed in San Diego for a few days spending time resting, eating well, and balancing out energy as much as possible before heading to Eugene. More donations helped us during this time.
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Another Court Win for Humanitarian Workers South of Tucson; Freedom of Religion at the Core

Four volunteers for the humanitarian group No More Deaths had their misdemeanor convictions overturned, based on a novel application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.
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What Espacio Migrante Does Right in Tijuana

There are no time limits for residents, education is strongly encouraged including prep for university exams, and shared cooking and enjoyment of meals is the norm.
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On Wages of One Dollar a Day, Border Detainees Buy Ramen – Shannon’s Story, Part Two

People who don’t have sponsors or relatives to deposit money on their behalf have another opportunity to buy from the commissary. After a certain amount of time has passed, most people get jobs like cleaning and food prep to maintain the facility - for $1 a day.
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World Central Kitchen, Sheltering in Playas, and Other Hard Work in Tijuana

After that first service, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. I knew that I would indeed affect change through love and food medicine.
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Shelter or Work Camp? “Integration Center” in Tijuana Is Up and Running.

Are shelter residents forced to work? Are they given shelter for humanitarian reasons, or is this a work camp?
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A Line that Never Stops Moving: Fences, Obelisks, and Art at the Border

The 18-foot border fence marching into the Pacific was built in 1993 and 1994, and quickly became a symbol of hubris and folly to some, as it seemingly tries to keep Mexican waves from entering the U.S. territory of ocean water.
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Borderwall as Art, at Playas de Tijuana

At the Westernmost end of the U.S.-Mexican border, where the bollard fence marches into the Pacific, artists have claimed a quarter mile of the fence as an ever-changing canvas.
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The Crisis in Matamoros Continues

" In clinic this week I have taken care of mothers suffering from emotional trauma after they sent their kids across, hoping that a detention center in the US would be safer than a refugee camp where they are constantly under threat of kidnapping and at the mercy of infectious diseases."
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The Other Border Crossers – Mexican Parents, American Passports, Cross-Border Commutes

He tells me as we drive that he’s seen groups of migrants without papers throwing rocks across the border. “You’ve actually seen that?” I ask. “Well, I’ve seen it on YouTube,” he says. I wonder how he votes.
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Wrong Turns at the Border

The American legal system has always relied on officers of the law, prosecutors, judges and juries to place overwhelming evidence of innocent behavior above the letter of the law.
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American Border Patrol Vehicles

Voices of Dissent from Border Patrol Agents

A growing cohort of former CBP and ICE agents - and a growing body of literature by and about them - reveal some of the lived experience of dissent in this para-military border force.
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Three More Crosses Planted by Artist Alvaro Enciso

Alvaro Enciso continues his epic project to mark the sites where migrants in the Sonoran Desert have perished, each with a hand-made cross - more than 900 now, redefining the landscape south of Tucson
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A Treasure Trove of Teacher Resources about the Border – Annenberg Learner’s “Exploring Borderlands”

The resources here don't reach the current day, but provide a rich context for discussion of the current crisis, for middle- and high-school students. Writers featured include Bartolomeo de las Casas, Americo Paredos, Gloria Anzaldua, and a dozen others.
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SPLC’s Vital Guide to Parole for Detainees and their Advocates; More Training Resources from the Immigration Advocates Network and CLINIC

The Southern Poverty Law Center has collected and published a tremendously useful set of resources…

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When the Border Crosses You: Marcos Ramirez Erre’s “DeLimitations” Project

More than 55% of the land of Mexico was ceded to the U.S. following the Mexican-American war, through the treaty of Guadeloupe-Hidalgo in 1848. "DeLimitations" offers a portrait of the post-Mexican America the mobile border created, and hint at the absent voices excluded by the current borderline
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Doctors for Camp Closure: Informed, Passionate and Compelling

Begun in 2017, the advocacy group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) is emerging as a vital voice in the movement for humane treatment of migrants at the U.S. Southern Border, and inheritors of the tradition of non-violent, deeply informed and compassionate protest.
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“The Dry Corridor”: Climate Change and Migration North from Central America

The link between climate change and migration from Central America is impossible to deny.
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Cali Beach Obilisk

Resources for Writing about the Border: Nuance, Candor and Respect for Migrants’ Voices

In the extreme circumstances we see at the border today, balanced reporting and advocacy that emphasizes reliability and candor are more important than ever.
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Why People Risk Life and Death Crossing the Border (with a Grades 6-12 Lesson Resource Guide)

'He didn’t want to go alone,” Lopez, 36, a refrigeration technician, said as he stood near his tent in a sprawling migrant camp next to the bridge. “But as a father, I didn’t want him living like this. So I decided to take him to the bridge.'
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Mexico’s Struggle with U.S. Gun Laws

Mexican government officials report that roughly 70% of the guns used in crimes there are carried illegally across the border from the U.S. This is the illegal border-crossing that worries leaders - and citizens - on the southern side of the border most.
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Best Border Art for 2019

We want to approach the end of a deeply challenging year with a look at a few of the artworks and projects that testify to the lived experience and deep humanity of the people at the border.
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Exclusion, Shelter – and Cheap Labor? New Camp Feeding Factories at the Border

The prospect of a pipeline for thousands of migrants from border exclusion to factory labor in Mexico raises serious questions. Amid the thoroughgoing corruption of Mexican government and industry, one rings out: Who benefits?
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Borderwall as Architecture

Rael's cross-border see-saw game become a global smash, captured on a viral video, when he installed long see-saw flats directly through wall slats some months ago, and children from both sides of the border suddenly felt the universal urge: let's play together.
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A Toolkit for K-12 Educators and Parents

"We hope these resources will enable parents and educators to contextualize US. immigration historically, to promote critical analysis of evidence in order to understand these issues, and to discuss them in a way that fosters empathy and civic engagement."
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Person Standing At The Wall On The Border Of USA And Mexico.

Three Ways of Looking at a Border Wall

The whole project of these big fences slowly comes to feel like declaring war on the ocean or the sky: there's just too much land, too much open air, too many miles in every direction to imagine victory over the human instinct to migrate, to cross deserts, to cross oceans and - least of all - scramble over walls along the way.
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At the Greyhound Station in Phoenix – Helping Migrants on Their Way

I’d heard the rumors that Greyhound management was threatening to ban ticketless refugees from depot property altogether and I’d read the news stories from other US cities about asylum-seekers abandoned by ICE at city parks. I’d heard, but I wasn’t prepared for what was about to experience.
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Tribal Nations Challenge the Border Wall – Key Court Date December 16

About a dozen members of the tribe, which is not federally recognized, along with allies have been holding a vigil at a traditonal community cemetary in the path of a planned new section of boder wall. They fear that federal contractors will arrive at any time to being relocating graves, or even starting wall construction without relocation.
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Alvaro Enciso Plants Three New Crosses in the Desert

We do not know how many times adan went over the wall, was spotted, and ran back to mexico. this is known as "el correteo." Yesterday when i was planting the pink cross for him a helicopter flying very low, was correteando one or more border crossers.
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Desert Diary: Carrying Water with the Samaritans

I imagined us hiking into the desert, leaving the jugs in hard-to-reach places. I was excited about doing something positive in the face of daily reports of migrants dying in the desert for lack of water. I thought we’d be called upon to hike many miles into brambles and snake-infested bushes.
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The Things They Carried – LA Exhibition of Items Taken from Migrants at the Border

Love notes, baby shoes, water bottles, toothbrushes. They all tell the story of the ordinary humanity and extraordinary experiences of the thousands of people who hiked across the desert to find new lives in the U.S.
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A Sign On A Fence That Says To Mexico And A Arrow Pointing Left.

African and Caribbean Migrants at the US-Mexican Border: Unending Journeys

Why leave Haiti? "We had no choice," he says in the sketchy Spanish he'd picked up during a five-month trek from southern Mexico, mostly by foot, up toward the border in Tijuana. He won't say more.
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Water in the Desert: Notes from the Border

Ken Huse Sometime in 2012, during the early years of the Syrian civil war, I…

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La Frontera: Stefan Falke’s Documentation of 2,000 Miles of Art at the Border

"The region has particular significance to me since I was born and grew up in Germany where a border divided my country in East and West until it came down in 1989. Meanwhile the steel ‘wall’ between the US and Mexico is growing in length and height and does its part to create a physiological and physical barrier between the United States and Mexico."
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At El Comedor in Nogales – the Work of the Kino Border Initiative

Just on the Mexican side of the border the Kino Border Initiative, started by six Catholic organiations based in Arizona, has fed 50,000 meals a year to migrants and deportees for more than a decade. It also runs a shelter for families and extensive education programs to help foster understanding of border issues among American students, teachers and families.
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No One Is Illegal Sticker Partly Peeled Off A Wall In Black And White.

How Governments Fail, on Display at the Border

The many ways that governments can fail are on brutal display in Matamoros, across from…

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D4CC Pressing Hard for Healthcare in ICE Detention

During the 2018/2019 flu season, the advocacy group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) reports that at least three children in ICE detention died from the flu. That's roughly three times the rate of flu deaths for the U.S. population generally.
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Border Wall With Blue Sky And A Large Red Ribbon.

A Turning Tide: Humanitarian Activist Scott Warren found NOT GUILTY on Wednesday

As White House staffers testify forthrightly and with moving dignity, at real personal cost, in Congressional hearings today, how fitting to hear the voices of twelve jurors in the desert concurring in the most perfectly American chorus.
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Al Otro Lado – The Dynamic NGO On the Other Side

Al Otro Lado was launched in 2012 when two dynamic young women who had known…

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Tracking More than 3,000 Deaths on the Migrant Trails South of Tucson

More than 3,000 migrants traveling north from the border by foot have died on the…

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Asylum Officers say No to MPP

As a federal employee, refusing to abide by policy probably meant that he’d be fired. But as a trained attorney, Stephens told The Times, the five interviews he’d been assigned were five too many. They were illegal. “They’re definitely immoral,” Stephens said he told his supervisor in San Francisco. “And I’m not doing them.”
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Benjamin Franklin at the Border

All we are being asked to do is to see the situation plainly, with an unjaundiced eye uncolored by fears instilled by demagogues who seek to benefit from riling resentment of those who are powerless to oppose them.
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From the Children of Migrants – a Tribute to their Parents

In the Yakima Valley, two hours east of Seattle over the mountain ridge that separates…

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Update from the Border: 1200 at the Matamoros MPP Camp

Jenny Sevilla Visiting Matamoros, a city of half a million people just over the Mexican…

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Juarez Photo Diary

The last number called for permission to present an asylum claim to U.S. border officials in the crossing from Juarez to El Paso. It had not changed in three days.
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Border Mayors Meet – “They’re Trying to Solve Problems They Can Solve”

Tijuana Mayor Gonzales Cruz noted that “two factors have made the cartels stronger; one is profits from their drug sales and the other is the flow of guns into our country. This is where we need to have cooperation between the two sides of the border.”
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American Border Patrol Vehicles

The Complicated Culture of U.S. Border Patrol

"For decades, the Border Patrol was a largely invisible security force. Along the southwestern border,…

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Killings in La Mora, Sonora

The killing on November 5 of three dual-citizenship American/Mexican adult women and six children as…

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Mural Painted On The Border Wall Of A Sunrise Or A Sunset With Birds Flying.

Separated: “No parent leaves their homeland lightly.”

Judy Temes No parent leaves their homeland lightly. I look at images of children crying…

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Second Arizona Trial of Scott Warren Begins Nov 12

Scott Warren, a volunteer for Arizona-based migrant-aid group No More Deaths, was put on trial…

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Organizational Profile

Resources in Houston

Our good friend Ron Starbuck, a noted publisher based in Houston, offers these notes on…

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The Mexican Blanket: “I knew not to take his picture.”

The Mexican Blanket Roberta Schine Maria (not her real name), a neighbor I met last…

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A Sign On A Fence That Says To Mexico And A Arrow Pointing Left.

Reading Local News at the Border

Chula Vista and Imperial Beach in California anchor the Western end of the US Mexican…

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Maria's Story: Live After Deportation - MiWeek Clip

The Story of Maria Juarez, Deported from Detroit

Detroit Public Television and Bridge Magazine, partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, joined forces in…

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Jugs Of Water At The Border Wall.

On the Migrant Trail – What You Can’t Write on a Rescue-Jug of Water

This bottle, left on a trail where migrants or evidence of their presence have been…

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A Cross Held Up By A Mound Of Rocks With A Lot Of Offerings Around On On It.

Scenes from the Border – Ballet Shoes and Crosses

To-date he has planted 900 crosses. “I needed to do something to point the finger that someone has died here. Someone looking for the American Dream has died,” he says.
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Organizational Profile

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice

Reform Judaism is the largest denomination of the Jewish religion in the United States. Carrying…

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Horses At Border Fence

Wild Horses Socialize Across the Border

About two miles from the little-known crossroads town of Arivaca, Arizona - a collection of…

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