Checkpoints Isolate Many Immigrants in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley

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Checkpoints Isolate Many Immigrants in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley

"Elizabeth Lopez swam across the Rio Grande 19 years ago to come to America, where she began cleaning houses and raising three daughters in this city of swaying palm trees at the southern tip of Texas. It did not matter to her that her life was confined to a narrow sliver of the country — a zone north of the Mexican border but south of traffic checkpoints that the Border Patrol operates within Texas. Everything changed in 2010 when her fourth child, Angel, was born with Down syndrome and colon and heart problems. Living in what some call “la jaula de oro” — the golden cage — suddenly took on a whole new meaning. For decades, these interior checkpoints up to 100 miles north of the border have left thousands of undocumented immigrants and their families in the Rio Grande Valley in something of a twilight zone. Their isolation has only intensified as border security has tightened. And though neither side of the debate about immigration has focused on the issue so far, that may be changing."

 

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  • Fernandez, Manny. "Checkpoints Isolate Many Immigrants in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley", The New York Times, November 22, 2015.
  • Frontiers/Borders
  • Illegal immigrant
  • Immigration officer
  • Immigration policies
  • Immigration policy
  • Mobility/Immobility
  • Securitization
  • Security dispositive