Todd Miller

Todd Miller has researched and written about U.S.-Mexican border issues for more than 10 years. He has worked on both sides of the border for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, and Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico. He now writes on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its blog “Border Wars,” among other places. He is at work on his first book, Border Patrol Nation, for the Open Media Series of City Lights Books.

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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:15am
How We Scapegoat Children From Gaza to the US-Mexico Borderlands
A week ago was when I first saw the picture that appeared in the The Telegraph of children in the Gaza Strip trying to break the Guinness world record for kite-flying. The kites floating mid-air off the Mediterranean shore were a sight to behold. I was taken with the photo and the happiness of the...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:30am
Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands
Shena Gutierrez was already cuffed and in an inspection room in Nogales, Arizona, when the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent grabbed her purse, opened it, and dumped its contents onto the floor right in front of her. There couldn’t be a sharper image of the Bill of Rights rollback we are...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 3:45pm
They Are Watching You: The National Security State and the U.S.-Mexican Border
With the agility of a seasoned Border Patrol veteran, the woman rushed after the students. She caught up with them just before they entered the exhibition hall of the eighth annual Border Security Expo , reaching out and grabbing the nearest of them by the shoulder. Slightly out of breath, she said...
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:25pm
The Border-Industrial Complex Goes Global
It isn’t exactly the towering 20-foot wall that runs like a scar through significant parts of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Imagine instead the sort of metal police barricades you see at protests. These are unevenly lined up like so many crooked teeth on the Dominican Republic’s side of the river that acts as its border with Haiti. Like dazed versions of U.S.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 1:17pm
Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex
The first thing I did at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix this March was climb the brown “explosion-resistant” tower, 30 feet high and 10 feet wide, directly in the center of the spacious room that hol
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Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 11:08am
Drones, Surveillance Towers, Malls of the Spy State, and the National Security Police on the Northern Border
Before September 11, 2001, more than half the border crossings between the United States and Canada were left unguarded at night, with only rubber cones separating the two countries. Since then, that 4,000 mile “point of pride,” as Toronto’s Globe and Mail once dubbed it, has increasingly been replaced by a U.S. homeland security lockdown, although it’s possible that, like Egyptian-American Abdallah Matthews, you haven’t noticed.
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Friday, June 8, 2012 - 7:31am
Fortress USA: Bringing the Battlefield to the Border
William “Drew” Dodds, the salesperson for StrongWatch, a Tucson-based company, is at the top of his game when he describes developments on the southern border of the United States in football terms.
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