On the 17th of July, opponents of the GOP demanded border militarization provisions in the “compromise” immigration bill marched from the White House to the DC headquarters of Customs and Border Patrol.
This protest was one of hundreds across the US in places like El Paso, Tucscon, San Diego on a national day of action against border militarization.
School of the Americas Watch and Detention Watch Network intended to deliver a letter to Customs and Border Patrol, but CBP deployed cops to keep protesters out and refused to comd out to accept the letter. At that point protesters laid crosses on the steps of the Ronald Reagan building to symbolize the thousands of people killed in the desert every year by the brutality of the border patrol. One estimate is that 400 people a year die crossing the dangerous border into the US.
The GOP wants to double the number of CBP agents and saturate border communities like San Diego with checkpoints, cops, and drones. That being so, many in these communities have decided they have little choice but to oppose any immigration bill that includes the so-called “border security” provisions. Citizenship for some (maybe only a few, who knows when?) at the expense of arrests and death for others, and unending harassment for “citizens” and migrants alike in border communities.
It is my hope that this “compromise” dies instead of passing unless the border provisions can be stripped out. In short, it is a blocking concern about the immigration bill!