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Recap: Boots on the border

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Pedro Rios

Pedro Rios, San Diego Area Program Director

Controlling the U.S./Mexico border has become increasingly like waging a war. Hear from AFSC staff from across the country about why border militarization is a problem and what we can do to stop it.

Border security plans secure contractors’ profits

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Minutemen on Arizona border patrol.

Border Security proposals in both the House and Senate bear the fingerprints of private defense contractors that have spent millions in lobbying and campaign contributions to politicians writing these policies. Read the op ed by Lia Lindsey and Mary Zerkel to find out more.

Demilitarize the U.S.-Mexico border

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The consequences of border militarization are explained in this short video.

Q&A: Borders, not war zones

Pedro Rios

Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program

Pedro Rios, director of AFSC’s San Diego program, explains how the militarization of borders is ineffective, costly, and dangerous.

Testimony on immigration enforcement

March 14, 2013: statement to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee – Subcommittee on Homeland Security Hearing on the impacts of immigration enforcement.

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.

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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