Author’s note: the issue of immigration is complex and does not fit into nice little sound bites. This article is necessarily long so that the reader can gain a clearer understanding of what is going on at the southern border today. Rather than break it up into smaller articles, I have decided to publish it… Read More What Is Going On At The Border?
Words are chosen to frame an argument. It is a mistake to assume that it is the Republicans or the Trump supporters that are the only ones against immigration reform. In immigration there are many competing forces working against reform. Some oppose parts of it while others oppose immigration in general. The reasons vary from… Read More Immigration Reform – The Choice of Words To Create Fear: What the Numbers Say About The So-Called Border Surge
A Border Patrol agent, Rhonda L. Walker, stationed in Laredo, Texas was arrested by federal officials on February 12. According to the probable cause document, “Walker used her official position to assist a foreign national into the country.” Walker was paying the women to be her housekeeper and nanny, according to the criminal charges. An… Read More Border Patrol Criminals
Recent events suggest that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is attempting to stymie the Biden administration’s attempt to make changes to America’s immigration policies. As the Biden administration was preparing to take office, the Trump administration was signing last minute agreements with some cities and states that forces the Biden administration to consult with the… Read More Is ICE Expediting Deportations to Stymie Biden?
The Joe Biden administration has signaled that it is offering an ambitious immigration reform package to Congress. Although the package is yet to be fully released, it has been reported that among the proposed reforms includes legalization for about 11 million undocumented immigrants and the Dreamers. The Biden proposal is ambitious. However, it is facing… Read More Biden Administration Must Overhaul Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Donald Trump is scheduled to visit his monument of hate – the wall on the U.S.-México border – on Tuesday. As readers likely know, Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015 by labeling Mexicans as “rapists.” Trump also stated that México sends its “worst” to the country. As his campaign developed, Trump promised to… Read More Trump Visits His Monument of Hate
El Pasoans may be surprised to learn that there exists a clause on their home titles that limits their home ownership rights. It has nothing to do with bank mortgages or even taxes and everything to do with how America was conquered by outsiders. It is generally accepted that landownership is conveyed from one party… Read More Colonialism: Who Owns The Land In El Paso?
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles County “agreed to pay out $14 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the Sheriff’s Department routinely held people in jail beyond their release dates solely because of pending immigration investigations.”  As of 2014, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has stopped honoring ICE… Read More Los Angeles Pays $14 Million To Settle Lawsuit For Detaining Immigrants
You may have noticed some changes on the blog over the last day or two. Like for many of you, 2020 has been a year of changes. I am now writing on three online publications in addition to my upcoming book. All of this in between my real job. And, you all likely know there… Read More Time To Make Another Change
We are amid major changes in the global economy and the way we live our lives. Those of us that have lived through the currency devaluations of our countries or other major economic changes mostly understand what is to come. We have lived economic chaos before. Most Americans do not understand how lives will change… Read More The Age of COVID-19
There was an interesting editorial in the Miami Herald this weekend. It has a lot of truth in it, but those readers that oppose immigration will not see it. Nonetheless, it clearly explains why the country needs immigrants and why it should value them, instead of demonizing us. The Miami Herald Editorial Board castigated Florida… Read More Miami Herald Editorial Exposes Truth About Undocumented Workers
Beto O’Rourke’s quest for the presidency fizzled into oblivion. The campaign remains stagnant at less than two percent in the major polls. Although Beto has survived to make it to the first three national debates, his stagnation remains steadfast. And then 22 people were murdered in his hometown. Beto O’Rourke has often claimed the “safest-city”… Read More The Beto Moment?
There is an ongoing debate about whether the citizenship question should be added to the 2020 census. There are many who believe that it is an important question. There are also those who believe the question will discourage participation or skew the results. Lost in the debate is one group of individuals that no one… Read More Citizenship and the Census
When I first created the poster, Donald Trump’s Deportation Force in 2015 many individuals criticized it as an exaggeration. Although some saw Trump’s hatred of immigrants worrisome they nonetheless felt that America would push back. To equate the Border Patrol as a Deportation Force they argued was too much. Fast forward to today and the… Read More Border Patrol Has Evolved Into Trump’s Shock Troops
It’s an “invasion” they proclaim as Donald Trump fans the flame of hate through his border security narrative. Fox News has reporters reporting on the “dangerous” border almost every night. The United States is under siege blare the Alt-Right talking heads. The military needs to be deployed henceforth they all collectively proclaim arguing that the… Read More Venezuela, Border Security and SOUTHCOM Posture
As I have written numerous times before, the issue of immigration is the singular item that is often misused by politicos to get votes. This is true for the Democrats and the Republicans. As I have written over many posts before, the Democrats are worse for immigrants than the Republicans but that is hard to… Read More Immigrant Pawns At The Border
The ongoing war in America against immigrants is about to get much worse for the immigrants. When Donald Trump announced his most recent presidential ambition, he did so by declaring war on Mexicans. He soon included all immigrants. Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen’s abrupt resignation has made it clear that the American war against… Read More The War On Immigrants Is About To Get Worse
Ronald Reagan had the answer to the border crisis. It was simple and effective. In today’s podcast I explain Ronald Reagan’s border vision and why it would immediately solve the border crisis and protect America. Listen to the podcast:
In today’s podcast I share with you how easy it was for me to become an “illegal immigrant” simply for meeting my friends for drinks. No, it has nothing to do with DUI/DWI and everything to do with the complexities of the American immigration system. Click here to listen to my podcast.
I approach the car looking for things out of place. I look in the wheel wells. I look at the hood and trunk to make sure all is where it should be. Why? Check out today’s podcast to find out. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Being a Mexican national and crossing the U.S.-México border is not simply having your papers in order. You have to think about being profiled and what steps to take to avoid being delayed at the crossing point because you fit a certain profile. In today’s episode I share with you what it was like to… Read More Border Mic – Episode 7 – Being Mexican and Crossing the Border
I have been trying to explain to Donald Trump supporters why the Trump politics of anti-immigration and The Wall rhetoric are dangerous not only to immigrants, like me, but to Americans as well. The anti-immigrant rhetoric is more of an anti-brown people politics. Here are the facts as to why I strongly believe this. Jilmar… Read More Sent To ICE For Being Brown
You speak English! I will never forget the face my date made as soon as she realized that I was not an American. Worse, I am a Mexican citizen. Check out my latest podcast on the politics of the border. In episode 6 I talk about assimilation from the point of view of a Fronterizo,… Read More Border Mic – Episode 6 – You Speak English!
There is something very important that everyone is missing in the debate over The Wall aka the border fence in El Paso. I’m actually pretty surprised that no one else has thought about this. It clearly ends the debate over walls keeping America safe from drugs. When Donald Trump argued that the border fence (The… Read More What Everyone Has Wrong About the El Paso Border Fence
Donald Trump caved on Friday. It means that The Wall is very unlikely to be funded. Yes, I know that Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency. But here is the problem with that. Declaring a national emergency only gives Donald Trump the ability to task federal departments to begin constructing The Wall. It… Read More Donald Trump Caved
Donald Trump and cohorts are screaming that there is a crisis on the border. They use the word “crisis” as the cornerstone of their call for The Wall. Trump and cohorts understand that telling the American people that The Wall is about keeping brown people out of the country, most Americans would be outraged, thus… Read More The Donald Trump Crisis
Recently I was contacted by someone seeking information about an article I posted back in 2015 regarding Miguel Fernandez and Transtelco. This is the second individual doing oppo research and this is in addition to two reporters seeking information about Beto. I guess this is what happens when people realize that Beto is running for… Read More Beto Oppo Research and the Government Shutdown
The notion that the border is dangerous is used to rally the troops into a frenzy for border security. Interesting is that the United States has two land borders and two oceans, not to mention air corridors. Actual attacks against the United States have come from land, sea and air. Of those, only a small… Read More A Dangerous Border
Americans do not want The Wall. We know this because even with a Republican-controlled Congress in 2018, Donald Trump was unable to get funding for The Wall. Now that the Democrats control the House, Trump is on a tirade that the Democrats are against border security. He is trying to equate border security with The… Read More Americans Do Not Want The Wall
In the first episode of the Border Mic I discuss the dangers of the U.S.-México border. There are many dangers including environmental, health, drugs and terrorism. Since the country is awash with the dangers of the border by unknown terrorists crossing into America, I though it be the perfect way to start off the podcast.… Read More Border Mic – Episode One
Hola, and welcome to the launch of my podcast. The border is the hot topic of the nation. Everyone thinks they know the border. Many talk about the border. But how many have lived the border? Of those, how many are immigrants. I spent decades on the border. I lived on the border for almost… Read More A Podcast About the Border
As 2018 ends, I want to take this moment to thank all of you. I want to thank anyone that has read or reads my musings. The fundamental success of my blog are the readers who take the time to read my posts. You and your fellow readers give me the reason to continue my… Read More Thank You For Your Support in 2018