Spotlight on the Borderlands:
How Militarization and Border Control Impact Migrants and Border Residents on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Overview by Alma Maquitico
NNIRR’s report, Human Rights on the Line, provides an overview of the dismal state of human rights on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. NNIRR’s report highlights the experiences of frontline leaders and organizers with direct experience, both in theory and practice, of migrant human rights. Their contributions uncover the direct relationship between border militarization and its explicit racially discriminatory impact on the lives of black, indigenous, and other racialized communities migrating or residing in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
We hope this report enhances an understanding of the intersectional and interwoven consequences of border control and how this approach provokes overlapping violence and vulnerabilities in people of color in the borderlands. While U.S. immigration agencies and institutions profess a color-blind approach, black and brown communities bear the burden of militarization and immigration enforcement.
Read the full Overview and Report:
Mapping Human Rights
NNIRR’s report, Human Rights on the Line, provides an overview of the dismal state of human rights on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. This interactive map acts as a tool to display these human rights violations visually and show the most dangerous areas along the border.