Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 13, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Dan Lamothe, “Pentagon Will Pull Money From Ballistic Missile and Surveillance Plane Programs to Fund Border Wall” (The Washington Post, May 13, 2019). The Pentagon has justified the reprogramming for the border wall by shifting the funding to a Defense Department counterdrug effort Helene Cooper, “Pentagon […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 10, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “Arizona Tribe Refuses Trump’s Wall, but Agrees to Let Border Patrol Build Virtual Barrier” (The Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2019). The wall he described was not physical, but virtual: 10 towers up to 140 feet tall, with radar and night vision cameras capable […]

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(Even more here) May 9, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emily Cochrane, “Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says” (The New York Times, May 9, 2019). The Pentagon has redirected enough money to build 256 miles of barriers along the southwestern border, including 63 miles within six months, the acting […]

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(Even more here) May 8, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, “U.S. Asylum Screeners to Take More Confrontational Approach as Trump Aims to Turn More Migrants Away at the Border” (The Washington Post, May 8, 2019). The new guidelines and directive to asylum officers are among the most significant steps the administration has taken to […]

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(Even more here) May 7, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Carranza, “Local Governments at U.S. Border Weigh Using Taxpayer Funds to Help Migrant Families” (The Arizona Republic, May 7, 2019). As nonprofits struggle to house and care for the number of families released border-wide, city, county and even state governments are starting to take a […]

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(Even more here) May 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Ryan Devereaux, “Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.” (The Intercept, May 6, 2019). Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and […]

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(Even more here) April 30, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Debbie Nathan, “Border Patrol in New Mexico Stood by as Right-Wing Militia Terrorized Migrants” (The Appeal, April 30, 2019). Benvie and armed men in camouflage then remain on the scene with Border Patrol agents as they begin to process the migrants Daniel Gonzalez, “While Shelter Beds […]

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(Even more here) April 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alfredo Corchado, “‘This Is All One Big Lie.’ Why This Migrant Just Wishes He Could Go Home” (The Dallas Morning News, April 23, 2019). The America they were told about was a lie. They were not welcomed with open arms Jean Guerrero, “The Border Realities Beneath […]

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(Even more here) April 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Angela Kocherga, “Most of Trump ‘Emergency’ Wall Goes Through Nm” (The Albuquerque Journal, April 22, 2019). The Trump administration’s declaration calls for $1 billion being diverted from military projects to build 57 miles of bollard barriers, with 46 of those miles in New Mexico’s Doña Ana […]

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(Even more here) April 19, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, “One of the Deadliest Places on the Southwest Border” (The New York Times, April 19, 2019). Since January 2009, the bodies or skeletal remains of 642 migrants have been discovered in Brooks County Simon Romero, “Militia in New Mexico Detains Asylum Seekers at Gunpoint” […]

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(Even more here) April 18, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alicia A. Caldwell, “Yuma, Ariz., Declares State of Emergency Over Migrant Crisis” (The Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2019). U.S. Border Patrol agents released nearly 1,300 migrants in Yuma, which has a population of about 100,000, in the past three weeks Dara Lind, “Attorney General Barr […]

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(Even more here) April 17, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Katie Benner, Michael D. Shear, “In New Effort to Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail to Asylum Seekers” (The New York Times, April 17, 2019). Mr. Barr’s decision does not affect unaccompanied children or families who cross into the United States illegally. A longstanding settlement in a […]

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(Even more here) April 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Aaron Martinez, Aaron Montes, Vic Kolenc, “Cbp to Close Cargo Lanes at el Paso International Bridge as It Shifts Officers to Aid Migrant Processing” (The El Paso Times, April 4, 2019). McAleenan announced that CBP officers currently at the ports of entry would be reassigned to […]

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(Even more here) April 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Julian Borger, “Latin Americans Fear Precedent Set by Legal Justification for Syria Intervention” (The Guardian (Uk), April 3, 2019). Countries fear that legal standard of states being ‘unwilling or unable’ to deal with terrorism could be used in Latin America Nick Miroff, “Ruben Garcia Has Sheltered […]

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The day ahead: April 2, 2019

I’ll be around in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) We’ve got a draft piece about the current border situation that I’d like to post ASAP, and I’ll be scrambling to finish by bits of it before 10:00, when I start a series of meetings: 2 internal strategy meetings, a visit to the Mexican […]

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