On Trial: Twenty Years of Economic Terrorism and Border Militarization

(By: Daniel Gutiérrez)

Twenty years ago, the United States enacted two programs nearly simultaneously that completely changed the every day life of many individuals: NAFTA and Operation Gatekeeper. The former lead to massive migration patterns that economically coerced people to move north and the latter was a large step in the militarization of the US-Mexico border. Current immigration debates are limited in scope, as they attempt to solve “the immigration problem” by merely allowing people in and completely ignoring the root reasons of migration. Continue reading