JOURNALIST AND WRITER
When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated before the long, dangerous haul to the …
“Record heat waves, droughts, floods, super storms, wildfires ravaging California, and now freezing temperatures consuming the East Coast. The world is waking up to the destructive realities of a changing climate. But while the Trump administration publicly espouses climate science denial, it continues to ramp up the border militarization efforts that began in the 1990s …
Click here for the audio interview. “Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola interview journalist Todd Miller, author of Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. It was published by City Lights Books in September and was praised by Bill McKibben, Christian Parenti, and Dahr Jamail, who has appeared on this podcast multiple times. …
“A galvanizing forecast of global warming’s endgame and a powerful indictment of America’s current stance.”―Kirkus Reviews
In Storming the Wall, Todd Miller travels around the world to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for sustainability and environmental justice. Reporting from the flashpoints of climate clashes, and from likely sites of futures battles, Miller chronicles a growing system of militarized divisions between the rich and the poor, the environmentally secure and the environmentally exposed.
“Scathing and deeply reported . . . quite possibly the right book at the right time”—Los Angeles Times
In fast-paced prose, Miller sounds an alarm as he chronicles the changing landscape. Travelling the country—and beyond—to speak with the people most involved with and impacted by the Border Patrol, he combines these first-hand encounters with careful research to expose a vast and booming industry for high-end technology, weapons, surveillance, and prisons. While politicians and corporations reap substantial profits, the experiences of millions of men, women, and children point to staggering humanitarian consequences. Border Patrol Nation shows us in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, with consequences that affect us all.
I have researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years, the last seven as an independent journalist and writer. I reside in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (Tucson, Arizona), but have also spent many years living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico. My work has appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, The Nation, Guernica, Al Jazeera English, and Common Dreams, among other places.
I have authored two books: the recently released Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, 2017) and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, 2014). I am currently at work on another project investigating the extension of the U.S. border regime abroad–to places far away from U.S. territorial boundaries but well within its political and economic sphere of influence.
Finally, I’m a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its column “Border Wars”.