UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE: WHAT’S MISSING IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT CRISIS WITH CHILD REFUGEES AT US-MEXICO BORDER

My appearance on the great podcast hosted by Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola.

As put by Gosztola:

Fifty-two thousand children have fled their homes in countries in Central America and journeyed to the United States. Some of them came with their families and the vast majority of them are now being put through a deportation regime, which President Barack Obama’s administration is committing resources to expediting so they will be sent back to the countries they fled.

Lacking in all of the attention to this crisis is the role of the US. To fully understand the crisis with immigrants or, more accurately, refugees seeking asylum in the US, there must be a focus on the history which has led to this moment.

For the rest of Gosztola’s write up and the audio:

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/07/13/podcast-whats-missing-in-discussions-about-crisis-with-child-refugees-at-us-mexico-border/

UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN INDIAN COUNTRY (BOOK EXCERPT IN NACLA)

When we stop the car, David Garcia opens the door, steps out, and walks straight to the metal border gate that officially separates the United States and Mexico. Garcia, an elder of almost sixty, has long graying hair that reaches to his shoulders. Without a word, the former Tohono O’odham tribal councilman opens the gate. He does this as if it were his automatic impulse. There is nobody on the other side waiting to come in, nor are we planning to cross into Mexico ourselves. Garcia opens it simply as if the barrier didn’t belong, as if it were artificial and imposed, something to breach, something to open, something to resist.

http://nacla.org/news/2014/6/9/unfinished-business-indian-country

OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES ARE ERODING FROM BORDER TO BORDER (BOOK EXCERPT IN TRUTHOUT)

The emergence of a ubiquitous surveillance state may be symbolized by the National Security Agency (NSA), but according to journalist Todd Miller those in the United States should also be looking to the nation’s borders. It is there that a creeping militarization threatens – in the name of protecting the country – to encroach upon the civil liberties of everybody in the US.

http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/24195-our-constitutional-liberties-are-eroding-from-border-to-border

“BORDER PATROL NATION”: HOW US CREATES WAR ZONES AT BOUNDARIES WITH MEXICO, CANADA (TRUTHOUT INTERVIEW)

Todd Miller speaks with Truthout about his new book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security and about how the public is unaware that this country’s borders are being transformed into heavily militarized zones, north and south.

http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/24167-border-patrol-nation-us-creates-war-zones-at-boundaries-with-mexico-canada

FRONTERA LIST Q&A ABOUT BORDER PATROL NATION

You’ve been reporting about the border for several years now, what made you decide to focus on border patrol and what surprised you the most in your findings?

One of the first acts of journalism that I did was photograph a crew from the U.S. Army corps of engineers when they were building the wall between Douglas and Agua Prieta in the late 1990s. That was when Border Patrol was concentrating agents and technology, and building walls in the urban areas along the 2,000 mile U.S. Mexico border. Then in 2001 I was working for a binational organization in Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora when 9/11 hit. With this, I witnessed first hand the advent of the homeland security era of the Border Patrol. The results of this have been nothing less than startling.

http://fronteralist.org/2014/06/07/q-a-with-author-todd-miller/

RADIO INTERVIEW ABOUT BORDER PATROL NATION: KERA THINK DALLAS

Hour 2: In recent years, the U.S. Border Patrol has expanded its reach into everything from surveillance to security at the Super Bowl. We’ll talk about the organization’s increased presence in our everyday lives with Todd Miller, author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights Publishers).

http://www.kera.org/2014/05/05/life-beyond-the-border/