Every sovereign state has the right to regulate its borders. However, the U.S. government, in recent years, has turned from regulation to criminalization, with regard to its southern border with Mexico. The mass criminalization of border-crossing has led to explosive budgets, along with violations of international law and of human rights. Moreover, such criminalization has not led to reduced crossings nor has it focused on keeping criminals out of the U.S., the two main purported goals of the get-tough policy. Rather, this policy has had the effect of imposing harsh, criminal penalties on parents desperate to reunite with their children in the U.S., refugees from hunger and oppression, and asylum-seekers who are in danger of being hurt or killed in their origin countries. Meanwhile, border cities show alarming rates of violence and death, and refugees pour out the ‘Northern Triangle’ of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which are now among the most dangerous places in the Western Hemisphere. This week #SaturdaySchool looks at #SoJustBorders to examine the facts, policy and effects of U.S. border policy, through the lens of social justice.
Border Justice Resources