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 October 13, 2020, the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate released a Democratic Staff Report titled, DHS Run Amok? The report states that “in January 2020, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Democratic Staff uncovered a disturbing incident in which DHS misused State Department funding to carry out an unauthorized operation.” The… Read More Department of Homeland Security Accused of Illegal Activities in Guatemala
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
While most of you reading this today were not looking, México deported an Islamic terrorist. Many point their finger towards México for terrorists targeting the country although the fact is that México has yet to be proven as a source of Islamic terrorism to the country. As a matter of fact, the northern border is… Read More Mexico Deports Terrorist
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
Most of you reading this today know that on Saturday there was another killer targeting a Synagogue. The attack on a place of worship is one more in a long list of radical home-grown terrorism that many prefer to ignore. Sure, there is a lot of anguish on how anyone dares to attack a place… Read More Murder, Measles and Border Security
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
Americans who love to talk about freedom have capitulated. Freedom in America was always an illusion, but it was an illusion that looked real enough that freedom loving Americans touted across the globe. But no more, America has become an Orwellian society headed towards a dystopian place where only certain individuals who have certain racial… Read More The Capitulation of Freedom Loving America
El Paso’s congresswoman, Veronica Escobar owes El Pasoans an answer to the allegations of immigration judges abuses on asylum seekers in El Paso. On April 3, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association filed an administrative complaint “regarding El Paso Service Processing Center Immigration Court Judges.” El Paso readers may remember that… Read More Veronica Escobar Owes El Paso Answers About Immigration Judges
Donald Trump threatened to close the U.S.-México border this week unless México started to intercede Central American immigrants intent on reaching the United States. Yesterday, Donald Trump said that México “deported 1,000” immigrants in one day, insinuating that he had strong-armed México into doing America’s immigration work. But like everything else about immigration, all is… Read More Mexico Has Been Deporting Central Americans Since 2014
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
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
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
In yesterday’s post we looked at Marco Antonio de la Garza who worked as a Border Patrol Agent while being an undocumented immigrant. His case demonstrates how broken the immigration process is in America. But, what about the other Border Patrol agents? If the system allowed an undocumented immigrant to work deporting other undocumented immigrants… Read More Criminal Border Patrol Agents
The history of Border Patrol agents going to jail demonstrates a broken system where those enforcing the law are criminals themselves. There are many instances of criminal Border Patrol agents. However, the most poignant is an undocumented Border Patrol agent arresting those for committing the exact same crime the agent, himself, is going to jail… Read More Border Patrol Agent Goes to Jail
Tomorrow a new phase for Mexicans begins. Andrés Manuel López Obrador becomes the new president of México. AMLO, as he is known colloquially, takes Mexican politics from a left-of-center towards a far-left political ideology. Like the Vicente Fox experiment of wrestling power away from the PRI, there is much hope from a large segment of… Read More The AMLO Experiment Begins Tomorrow
Shortly before the Midterms, Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to the border in response to the “invaders” heading to America. Many, including some Republicans, have called the military deployment a “stunt”. The so-called “invaders” – migrants in a caravan trekking through México – didn’t make it to the border until after the Midterms. Even… Read More U.S. Border Military Deployments
Individuals give up certain control over their lives to live in a society. Among them is the authority to be deprived of liberty by law enforcement agencies. Sometimes even the right to life is given up in order to allow society to be orderly. To give up control, the members of society must trust the… Read More Border Patrol Terror
There has been an ongoing debate in El Paso County over the jailing of immigrants at the County jail for some time now. This is even more significant under Donald Trump ‘zero tolerance policy’ on immigration. The sheriff is on one side of the debate and County Commissioner Vince Perez is on the other side.… Read More El Paso County Proves My Point About the Democrats and Immigration
As you likely know, there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas yesterday. (About 10pm Sunday, Las Vegas time) At this point we know only two things for certain – the shooter, Stephen Paddock is not from México nor did he cross the U.S.-México border to commit mass murder of U.S. citizens. Paddock is a… Read More Las Vegas Again Disproves Border Security Notion
The Washington Post published an article on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 that blows the notion of The Wall being about border security out of the water. The article, by William Booth, will likely be missed by most because it does not fit the narrative that Donald Trump supporters hold and others just aren’t interested in… Read More Border Security Gets Blown Out of the Water Again
Donald Trump’s threat to build a wall on the México-U.S. border is missing one key ingredient – that the border is not owned by the United States alone. The border is a shared resource. The economies of the United States and México are intertwined together so tightly that the border is now a shared thing… Read More The Border is a Shared Resource
The wall that Donald Trump has been pushing forth to deal with border security is trumped (pun intended) by the facts. As part of his political rhetoric, Donald Trump has been pushing forth a narrative that immigrants and a porous border is a danger to the US way of life. Fortunately, for those of us… Read More Donald Trump gets Trumped by Facts About the Dangers of Immigrants
Notwithstanding the political grandstanding by the Texas Republicans about the need to deploy troops to the US-Mexico border to protect the country, the fact remains that the border is not the security problems the US currently faces. As a matter of fact, the US-Mexico border has not been a source of terrorism in the United… Read More US Security Issues Are Not On The US-Mexico Border