[S]ome members of Congress . . . have held comprehensive immigration reform hostage as they demand increased border enforcement. . . The border wall is . . . an international embarrassment. Human rights bodies of the United Nations and the Organization of American States have condemned its impact. Mexico’s secretary of international affairs recently expressed dismay at the possibility of additional fencing. He aptly noted that border barriers present the wrong approach for addressing immigration flows, encouraging trade and modernizing borders. . . Immigration reform must pass, and it must do so without leaving U.S. citizens in a militarized zone in their own country.
— Denise Gilman, Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, in an op-ed entitled “Building walls and militarizing Texas border harms us all“, published in the Dallas Morning News last week. You can learn more about Denise’s work on the human rights violations implicated in the construction of a Texas/Mexico border wall here.