US-Mexico Border

Recap: Boots on the border

Pedro promo for hangout

Pedro Rios

Pedro Rios, San Diego Area Program Director

Controlling the U.S./Mexico border has become increasingly like waging a war, according to revelations reported in AFSC’s Google Hangout on Air, Boots on the Border, on Oct. 30, 2013. [Watch the one-hour discussion in its entirety.]

From the physical abuse of people in border areas to military contractors pushing for more investment in war-zone technology on the border, listeners heard about the militarization of different aspects of the immigration system.

Border security plans secure contractors’ profits

border patrol at Arizona mexico border

Minutemen on Arizona border patrol.

By Lia Lindsey and Mary Zerkel

The dirty little secret of talks underway in Washington on immigration policy reform is a taxpayer-funded bonanza for private contractors tucked into so-called “border security” proposals.

Tell the House: The border is not the problem

As House members debate immigration policy reform, call on them to reduce excessive and unnecessary spending on the border.

Demilitarize the U.S.-Mexico border

screen grab of border fence

The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the most militarized borders in the world, with billions of dollars spent on border security every year. Quina, an AFSC intern in Greensboro, N.C., grew up near the U.S.-Canada border and later lived in Tucson near the U.S.-Mexico border. Struck by the differences, she shares what "border security" means to her.


Q&A: Borders, not war zones

Pedro Rios

Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program

We sat down with Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program, to get his perspective on border policy. He explains how the militarization of borders is ineffective, costly, and dangerous.

Testimony on immigration enforcement


Statement for the Congressional Record pertaining to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee on Homeland Security Hearing

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Brutality leads to murder on the border of San Diego

AFSC’s San Diego office and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) have been working together to hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable in cases where their violent actions have resulted in the loss of life.  Over the last two years, SBCC has documented eight cases of U.S. Border Patrol brutality, including the beating and tasering of 42 year old Anastasio Hernandez Rojas – father of five children and 26 year resident of San Diego, CA – in May 2010. Anastasio would go on to die from his injuries after the assault near the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry in San Diego.

First Look: Crossing the Line

AFSC witnesses U.S. border agents resorting to lethal force. PBS's Need to Know investigates pattern of violence in the last two years that has lead to the loss of life.

Letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Recent Border Incident

Border Shooting

border shooting

A reporter stands where Jose Alfredo Yañez Reyes might have been when he was shot. There is no sign of blood on the U.S. side, meaning he was on the Mexican side when he was shot.

The letter will be delivered to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees in response to the most recent Border Patrol shooting, that claimed the life of another civilian at the US-Mexico Border.

Growing pattern of border brutality

Border Shooting

border shooting

A reporter stands where Jose Alfredo Yañez Reyes might have been when he was shot. There is no sign of blood on the U.S. side, meaning he was on the Mexican side when he was shot.

Tijuana/San Diego - The Migrant Defense Coalition (based in Baja California, Mexico) and the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) condemn the latest act of aggression committed Tuesday night by Border Patrol agents at the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego. 

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