Using open-source data and imagery tools, this study documents how border wall construction is harming a fragile desert oasis in a southern Arizona protected area.
How the pandemic and the Trump administration’s crackdown on asylum are being experienced in southern Arizona.
Caption: “Border Patrol also stabbed all of the gallons in the back of a truck that was at Byrd Camp during the raid on Friday. Attacks on our work are attacks on people crossing the border. Irreparable damage was done to the people who sought aid in our camp.”
Caption: “One volunteer was able to get a few pictures from inside camp when BORTAC and Border Patrol entered. Heavily armed agents drove straight into the humanitarian aid camp in a Bearcat tank as helicopters circled overhead.”
Caption: “Border Patrol also brought a cameraman. He filmed the scene as agents chased and arrested people who had sought out humanitarian aid and respite from the 100 degree heat. More photos and footage exist, but phones are still in custody.”
Caption: “Border Patrol and BORTAC arrested people receiving care and ransacked the humanitarian aid station, ripping apart tents and destroying medical supplies. This morning during clean up, volunteers also saw that agents had disconnected the power to the well, the only water source on the property of the remote desert camp.”
Caption: “Over the past five days Tucson Sector #BorderPatrol Agents rescued more than 30 people from 911 calls and rescue beacon activations. I strongly encourage anyone to call 911 if thay find themselves lost or in danger in the desert.”
As Arizona coronavirus cases soar, the state’s extensive border wall system was irrelevant to stopping its spread.
A documentary about Scott Warren, an Arizona professor who was arrested and charged with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and harboring after providing humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert.
Caption: “Yesterday temperatures across Southern Arizona peaked above 110 degrees. Tucson Sector #BorderPatrol Agents rescued 10 people in a 24 hour period – some required life flights for their injuries.”
Caption: “Shoe-Smuggler. #BorderPatrol Agents arrested a 19-year-old man for smuggling fentanyl pills in the soles of his shoes last Friday. Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to @DEAHQ.”
Caption: “Yesterday evening Agents arrested two U.S. citizens smuggling three undocumented immigrants in the trunk of a vehicle with temperatures outside near 100 degrees. Zero regard for human life.”
Caption in Spanish: “The coyotes don’t care about you. They just want your money. They abandon people. Don’t die in the desert. Don’t cross illegally.”
- In Tucson, Arizona, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf tells reporters that painting the new border wall would protect it from rust and the elements, prolonging its “useful life” of about 30 years. Wolf did not address the cost of the potential project, which could range from $500 million to $3 billion.
“It is about to get very hot in Arizona. Border Patrol Agents have rescued hundreds of border crossers already this year. Please, spread the word. Don’t cross the border illegally in Arizona. You could save a life.”
Media and entertainment portrayals of the U.S.-Mexico border as far more dangerous and uncontrolled than they are cause harm to towns in the border region.
Aerial photos and videos of border wall construction in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and nearby mountains.
- Two pickup trucks disguised to look like vehicles associated with border construction are stopped by Border Patrol agents in Arizona. CBP finds 16 people in one truck and 4 in the other. The 20 migrants had paid $1,000 each to be smuggled to Tucson.