Monday, April 03, 2017

TRUMP AGENDA - On The Border

"How increased security affects life for border residents" PBS NewsHour 3/28/2017


SUMMARY:  In a sleepy, no-stoplight town 25 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border, you'll pass surveillance towers, border agents on patrol and checkpoints.  This is life along the border, where security has been ramped up significantly since 9/11, sweeping up American citizens in its wake.  William Brangham reports.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  President Trump today faced questions from both parties over who will pay for his promised wall on the U.S.- Mexico border.

He's already pledged to hire thousands of new immigration agents, whose jurisdiction extends deep (100+ miles) into the U.S. itself.

For Americans on the Southern border, interactions with Border Patrol vary.  Some see an occasional inconvenience, others a daily torment.

William Brangham has story.

CARLOTTA WRAY, Arivaca Resident:  Right now, it looks more like a war zone.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM (NewsHour):  Carlotta Wray's commute has changed a lot over the past few years.  She lives in Arivaca, a sleepy, no-stoplight town 25 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border.  You drive in any direction from here, you will pass surveillance towers and border agents on patrol.

Checkpoints run by Customs and Border Protection, CBP, stop traffic in either direction out of town.

CARLOTTA WRAY:  When the checkpoint was only temporary, I thought it wasn't a big deal, until it got serious.  They never left.

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