A lucrative border-industrial complex keeps the US border in constant ‘crisis’ | US immigration | The Guardian

A lucrative border-industrial complex keeps the US border in constant ‘crisis’ | US immigration | The Guardian

Giovanni, who was from a little Guatemalan town near the Salvadorean border, had simply spent days strolling through the Arizona desert in the heat of July.When I believe of the “border crisis”, I think of Giovannis gashed feet. Possibly the answer lies not in the impossible task of developing a gentle border, but rather a more humane world in which concepts such as prisons and borders are seen as outmoded, unjust ways of relating to one another.Maybe the most significant obstacle to this is the global border-industrial complex. Its time to construct bridges, not walls.Todd Miller is the author of Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the United States Border Around the World and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Homeland Security.

By blockading standard crossing locations in border cities, a 1994 border patrol tactical memo notes, the desert would put people in “mortal danger”. And so we have the formula of a continuous “border crisis”: the larger the crisis, the more requirement for border facilities, generating more revenue.One outcome? Rather of genuinely facing the problems that we deal with as a globe– such as environment change, endemic inequalities in which 2,000 billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people, and runaway pandemics where the health of individuals and peoples throughout borders become intimately interconnected – the service in some way constantly ends up being more border walls, more security technologies and more suffering. Maybe the response lies not in the difficult job of constructing a humane border, however rather a more humane world in which ideas such as jails and borders are seen as outmoded, unfair ways of relating to one another.Maybe the greatest obstacle to this is the worldwide border-industrial complex. Its time to develop bridges, not walls.Todd Miller is the author of Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the United States Border Around the World and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Homeland Security.


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