Voices from the border: Opposing Trump’s wall
Feb10

Voices from the border: Opposing Trump’s wall

Americans living close to the Mexico border voice opposition to policies that falsely conflate immigration and security. On Wednesday, John F Kelly, the head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department tasked with implementing President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, laid out the administration’s vision before Congress. It included increasing vetting procedures for foreign nationals and, most...

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Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate
Feb08

Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate

By Joseph Guzman One day before the new secretary of Homeland Security was scheduled to testify on border security, a Nogales business owner joined critics speaking out Monday against the Trump administration’s plans to continue the “militarization” of the southern border. John Anthony Sedgwick was one of several speakers from the Southern Border Communities Coalition who said President Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall that runs...

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Union-Backed Ronald Vitiello Named to Lead Border Patrol
Feb01

Union-Backed Ronald Vitiello Named to Lead Border Patrol

A career Border Patrol official who was backed by the agents’ union was named Tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Ronald Vitiello was appointed to lead the agency at a time when President Donald Trump has pledged to erect a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000. “We...

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Border residents worry about being divided by Trump’s wall
Jan19

Border residents worry about being divided by Trump’s wall

After a concrete and steel border fence went up between McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico, residents of both cities say it’s been tough for people who’ve spent most of their lives seeing the borderlands as a single entity. By Rachel Osier Lindley It’s just before the holidays in McAllen, a town of 130,000 on the U.S.-Mexico border. Basilisa Valdez sits in the kitchen at her sister’s house, waiting for...

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Trump’s Border Wall Could Be Invisible: Pathfinder could be the future of surveillance at the southern border.
Jan18

Trump’s Border Wall Could Be Invisible: Pathfinder could be the future of surveillance at the southern border.

By John Knefel A soldier in Afghanistan kneels down, maybe to tie his shoe or set his gear on the ground for a moment. A minute later, he stands up and keeps walking. To the casual observer, nothing out of the ordinary just happened, but a closer look reveals that he just buried a coffee mug-size sensor in the dirt, one of several he will sink on this patrol. The device, called an expendable unattended ground sensor (E-UGS), will...

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Letter To The Editor: When Vigilante Militias Patrol the Southern Border
Jan02

Letter To The Editor: When Vigilante Militias Patrol the Southern Border

To the Editor: Re “A Do-It-Yourself Tack on Border Patrol” (news article, Dec. 22): Vigilante militia groups patrolling the southern border are unnecessary because we already have the largest law enforcement agency in the country — United States Customs and Border Protection — excessively deployed here along with thousands of other federal and state agents. The vigilantes threaten everyone’s safety. Some militia members are fueled not...

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