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January 23, 2020

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Crossing the Rio Grande: Mexican Border Immigration
Last Featured: 3/1/2004

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A vigilante movement on the U.S. side of the Mexican border has ranchers rounding up immigrants at gunpoint. The ranchers stir passionate debate about what to do about illegal border crossings. The Border Patrol is unable to stem the tide and pressure on Mexican officials yields no change. Human rights groups are now raising their voices against upping enforcement or building a wall in favor of simply changing the policy. They say that if the free flow of goods and services strengthens the economy, so should the free flow of workers. Is it time to rethink immigration with our neighbors south of the border?

Ira Mehlman is the media director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a national, nonprofit immigration policy organization. Mehlman has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and his articles and op-eds have appeared in newspapers and magazines all across the United States. Mr. Mehlman previously served as a Special Assistant to Governor Richard Lamm of Colorado and press secretary to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mehlman taught in the Media Department at Hunter College in New York City, and worked as a freelance journalist in the Middle East (reporting from Israel and Lebanon), Haiti and the United States.

Javier Maldonado is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law of Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees. Mr. Maldonado serves as the legal director and lead spokesperson for the agency. He has worked for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Mr. Maldonado has appeared on local and national English and Spanish-language media outlets, and regularly presents on immigration issues at legal seminars. He is currently litigating a class action lawsuit on behalf of permanent residents who have been denied proof of their lawful status.

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"Remember, remember, always. That all of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."

— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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