Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Intercept: "The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924"



A Border Patrol Agent practice firing a Thompson submachine gun near El Paso in 1940.

Greg Grandin on The Intercept has a detailed post about the racist and brutal roots of the U.S. Border Patrol.  Among other sources, the article relies on the excellent book Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Migra!   A History of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The article concludes:

"The viciousness we are witnessing today at the border, directed at children and adults, has a long history, a fact that should in no way mitigate the extraordinary cruelty of Donald Trump. But it does suggest that if the U.S. is to climb out of the moral abyss it has fallen into, it has to think well beyond Trump’s malice. It needs a historical reckoning with the true cause of the border crisis: the long, brutal history of border enforcement itself."


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