Borderlands (a poem)

Carlos Fuentes said there is not           a border with Mexico but only a scar, a suppurating scar.           Perhaps he did not wish to remind us that more blood           is flowing, soaking into sand or staining the rocks. From the air           the Border Patrol spots the bodies— unwelcome migrants invading           the land that was once theirs. …

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On Hiroshima Anniversary City Council Adopts “Back from the Brink” Resolution – But Sanctuary Moment Goes Viral

In the August 9 Arizona Daily Star, Tim Steller reported on a viral video that had garnered more than twelve million views since it was recorded at the August 6 Tucson City Council meeting and then posted on Twitter by KVOA’s Nick VinZant. It features the uproarious laughter of #GreenShirtGuy in response to the ranting …

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Warren Buffett’s Son Backs Border Vigilantes (and Tucson Press Ignores Story)

Cover of New Times Weekly

In a major investigative piece for the Phoenix weekly New Times, independent reporter Beau Hodai details the Cochise County activities of Warren Buffet’s eldest son, Howard Buffett. These include Buffett’s allying himself with known border vigilantes, building a large, armed compound along the border, making massive donations of money and arms to the Cochise County …

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LA POSADA — A Contemporary Christmas Story

Posada (signifying Inn) is a Christmas tradition in much of the Latin world. Joseph and Mary search for shelter. Mary is about to give birth to Jesus. Shelter is refused several times and finally one house opens its door to the couple. In the Bi-National Migrant Posada Joseph and Mary represent migrants in search of asylum. The …

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Another Trial for Border Patrol Shooter? (Commentary)

“Kids on the fence.” That was the radio message heard at Nogales’ DeConcini port of entry that sent Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz and several of his colleagues running west into the street along the border fence on October 10,2012. Swartz was the only agent to purposefully step up to the international barrier that …

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