Letter to Joe and Jill: Tear Down Those Walls!
It's time to make the humanitarian crisis at the border and in detention centers throughout the country a top priority.
As we prepare to close the doors on the horrors of the Trump Administration, President Elect Joe Biden will have his hands full trying to restore order and peace in the United States. He will have a long list of wrongs to right, and high among them should be the humanitarian crisis wreaked upon the […]
Time to turn the page on Trump's Seven Deadly Immigration Sins
Reflections from upcoming book from the frontlines of a manufactured crisis
With less than a week to Election Day, the eyes of the world are on the United States. What happens next Tuesday is of grave importance not only to the future of the planet but to many hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants as well. Perhaps no issue is more demonstratively clear in terms of […]
UPDATE: Asylum-Seeking Parents Confront Sophie's Choice
ICE decision deadline postponed: Family separation versus coronavirus exposure. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO.
Update: The day we published this article, a federal judge in California extended Judge Dolly Gee’s deadline, giving Trump & Co. 10 more days to ponder the fates of 366 migrant children — until July 27. Those children have been detained with their parents already for far more than the 20 days allowed by the 1997 […]
How a red-state rebel turned off Rush Limbaugh and became the volunteer sanitation engineer and everyday hero for a refugee camp
Whatever I was expecting, Brendon Tucker was not it. A young man with a big presence in the Brownsville/Matamoros humanitarian community, he’s the Angry Tías favorite nephew and Team Brownsville’s prodigal son; the backbone of GRM and the right and left hands of Resource Center Matamoros (RCM). While only 25, his journey here is fascinating, for Tucker was brought up on a diet of right-wing media and racist bile.
My Coworker Lives in a Tent
The American Dream turned nightmare on the Mexican border
I met Nathan Boddy and his wife, Dr. Johanna Dreiling, on a recent trip to Matamoros, Mexico, on the border with Brownsville, Texas. I was there to report on the surge of grassroots volunteers responding to the crisis in the absence of a government or major NGO response. Dr. Johanna was working at the camp […]
Resistance in the Borderlands of El Paso
“El Paso Most Wanted” on the #Borderland16, vigilante militias and why this human rights activist is facing criminal trespass charges
On the morning of April 15, Elizabeth Vega and Ana Tiffany Deveze walked into to the El Paso Police Department and turned themselves in. Their crime: a peaceful protest against the U.S. Border Patrol, for which they and 14 others are being charged with offenses ranging from misdemeanor trespassing to felony criminal mischief. Here Ana, […]
Migrant Caravan: On the Other Side
Immigration lawyer’s journey has unexpected consequences
If I had to estimate how many immigrants and refugees I have met in detention centers, the number would be in the thousands. Since 2014, in my capacity as an immigration lawyer, I have volunteered in family detention facilities in New Mexico and Texas. Now, the legal services organization I lead, Santa Fe Dreamers Project, […]