Arizonans Stage Sit-In to Halt Inland Immigration Checkpoints

June 3, 2015 in News, Preview

Guillermo Jimenez | Arivaca’s had enough, and residents of this rural Arizona border town are letting the US Department of Homeland Security know that their inland immigration checkpoint has got to go. Some 100 concerned citizens and like-minded supporters descended upon the Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road…

#Narconoia Update: Apr. 25, 2014

April 26, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | Autodefensas in Michoacan continue searching for Caballeros Templarios leader Servando Gomez Martinez (alias “La Tuta”), but face opposition from the federal government and disloyal vigilantes; the EPN administration purchases military & surveillance equipment from the U.S…

#Narconoia Update: Apr. 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | EPN government orders Michoacan’s vigilante groups to submit to federal authority and disarm; Sinaloa Cartel’s ever-sophisticated smuggling tunnels; Sinaloa capo’s son was “flipped” and is “cooperating” with U.S. agencies; Zetas boss pleads guilty; Gulf Cartel infighting erupts in Tamaulipas; narco-politics, and more

April Fool’s: Checkpoint Refusal in the Land of the Free

April 1, 2014 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | (VIDEO) This is what a “checkpoint refusal” would look like in a free country. Produced by Reason, this video serves as a hilarious reminder that you are not free. April Fool’s? For TOR’s coverage of suspicionless Border Patrol checkpoints, check out the following links…

Border Patrol Throw Political Bone to Civil Libertarians, Will We Fetch?

March 27, 2014 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | For years, Border Patrol agents have effectively acted with impunity along the southern border of the United States, shooting anyone — including Mexican nationals on the other side of the border — when confronted with the threat of a rock. According to CBP…

Another Man Shot and Killed by Border Patrol, Another Case of “Rock Throwing”

February 19, 2014 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | In yet another case of “death by Border Patrol,” an unnamed agent stationed along the San Diego-Tijuana border shot and killed an undocumented immigrant last Tuesday, February 18. Once again, in common fashion, agents claim the victim “threw a rock.”

Death by Border Patrol: A License to Kill in the Constitution-Free Zone

October 29, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | Last week, in my hometown of Laredo, Texas — a city resting on the US-Mexico Border — US Border Patrol agents shot and nearly killed a 20-year-old Mexican national, yet another case of the agency’s highly questionable use-of-force policy.

Dispatches from the Constitution Free Zone

September 2, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | Beginning today, September 2, 2013, I will be keeping a biweekly column at titled Dispatches from the Constitution Free Zone, where I will examine and catalog issues the border, the war on drugs, checkpoints, and the various ways liberty is threatened within the CFZ.

Border Security Fallacies and Immigration Reform

August 1, 2013 in News

Alvaro Vargas Llosa | Border security is a powerful argument used by critics of immigration. Even those who embrace immigration tend to make reform conditional on securing the borders. The immigration bill approved by the Senate is a perfect example. The first section is devoted to border…

What the Immigration Bill Overlooks

July 17, 2013 in News

Sheldon Richman | In passing the monstrosity known as immigration “reform,” the Senate overlooked a few things of importance. This is unsurprising. A bill on immigration that is backed by leading Republicans and Democrats, big business, and government-co-opted unions…