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Opening up the Border Patrol

The First Amendment Clinic has been working with The Intercept to obtain documents from the Border Patrol about efforts to target humanitarian aid volunteers.

The following selection of articles illustrates the news media’s continuing efforts to provide the public with information about the federal government’s response to the ongoing crisis at the southern border and its surveillance and prosecution of the volunteers who work to bring down the death toll.

‘Mass disaster’ grows at the U.S.-Mexico border, but Washington doesn’t seem to care, Rob O’Dell, Daniel González and Jill Castellano, Desert Sun/USA TODAY NETWORK, Dec. 14, 2017

Journalists, lawyers, and activists working on the border face coordinated harassment from U.S. and Mexican authorities, Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, Feb. 8, 2019

US Border Patrol uses desert as ‘weapon’ to kill thousands of migrants, report says, Rory Carroll, The Guardian, Dec. 7, 2016

4 No More Deaths volunteers found guilty of entering refuge, abandoning property, Nicole Ludden, Cronkite News/Arizona PBS, Jan. 17, 2019

Federal prosecutors drop charges against 4 No More Deaths volunteers, Paul Ingram, Tucson Sentinel, Feb. 21, 2019

19,444 gallons of water in the desert: how volunteers save lives at the US border, Carrot Quinn, The Guardian, Feb. 9, 2017

Nine humanitarian activists face federal charges after leaving water for migrants in the Arizona desert, Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, Jan. 23, 2018

They left food and water for migrants in the desert. Now they might go to prison, Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2019

US-Mexico border migrant deaths rose in 2017 even as crossings fell, UN says, Agence France-Presse, Feb. 6, 2018

Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?, George Joseph, ProPublica, Sep. 21, 2017

Border crossers, and the desert that claims them, Daniel Gonzalez, USA Today, 2018

A recent update from No More Deaths:
Military style raid: border patrol detains 30+ people receiving care at humanitarian aid station

Top image: Water supply in the Sonora desert by mark6mauno, licensed under CC BY 2.0. “Some groups have positioned water supplies in the desert where Mexicans walking into the U.S. can find water. Each supply spot is marked by a yellow & blue flag.”