Joe Biden may have dropped Trump’s racist justifications for a border wall, but the “border-industrial complex” is still alive and well — and still monstrously profitable.
Todd Miller is the author of Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security, and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security. He’s a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its column “Border Wars.”
Trump’s sadistic border policy is just the most visible part of a bipartisan — and worldwide — clampdown on freedom of movement. But resistance to it is growing.
The threat is climate change, not immigration. Pro-migrant politics should be part of any effort to tackle the climate crisis.
The American border patrol regime was lethally effective long before Donald Trump came along.