Boots on the 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.

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.

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