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The Border Is All Around Us, and It’s Growing - The New York Times
For much of the United States’ history, national frontiers were fluid, expanding through territorial conquest and purchases. But at the start of the 20th century, as Arizona and New Mexico approached statehood and the country’s continental borders became stable, so did the desire to secure them and police them — first through congressional acts that prohibited immigration from certain countries and later through the building of fences and walls.
unitedstates  mexico  border  borders  immigration  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Long History of Terrified Americans Fleeing to Canada
Today, the farmers who work the verdant fields of Buxton, a small farming community in southern Ontario about an hour’s drive from Detroit, are mostly white. But a visitor in the 1850s would have found its neat rows of corn and golden wheat being tended by black farmers—free and formerly enslaved Americans who had fled the United States.
splinter  canada  slavery  history  border 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Scared Should People on the Border Be? - The New York Times
Most of it is, in fact, “fake news” — conjecture and unverifiable gossip exchanged over “el Feisbuk,” which is what people here in the Rio Grande Valley call the social network. Instead of snapshots and emojis, it now disseminates warnings. People are frightened, and frightened people repeat things that frighten them more:

Stay at home tomorrow. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is conducting raids in the kitchens.

Don’t send your kids to school on Wednesday. The border patrol is looking for kids with no papers.

Don’t drive down 802 on Fridays anymore.

There’s a checkpoint at the grocery store. They arrested 100 people last night at 10.

Who knows? Some of it might be true.
nytimes  texas  immigration  theborder  border  illegalimmigrants 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Where Are the Children?
Tougher border security has made migrants more vulnerable. Routes are more perilous, and organized crime controls many smuggling operations. One activist says, “The harder you make it to cross, the more people can charge, the more dangerous the trip becomes.”
immigration  border  bordersecurity  crime  thenewyorker  smuggling  migrants  organizedcrime 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden

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