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”.