Crisis: Borderlands

In late February, Unicorn Riot dispatched a small media team intent on learning more about the ongoing border crisis to the desert borderlands of Arizona in the southwest United States. While there, we learned how the new Trump regime’s policies were impacting the local community. We saw police pepper spray an immigrant rights protest in the streets of Tucson, and went to the remote areas of the Sonora Desert to witness “water drops” left in hopes of saving lives.

We met organizers with LUPE Tucson, a grassroots immigrant rights organization which has existed since 2015. They told us that many of the migrants trying to cross into the United States consist of indigenous people coming from various areas of South America, and how the United States policies are complacent in what the LUPE organizers call an ongoing refugee crisis caused by US foreign policy.

We also followed humanitarian aid workers from an organization called No More Deaths through the remote Sonora Desert as they left water for migrants in what are called “water drops”. No More Deaths volunteers explained their work providing aid to migrants lost in the borderlands because of the Border Patrol’s policy of “Prevention Through Deterrence”, which forces migrants into the remote desert where many lose their lives because they are unable to afford crossing a safer way.

Here is our mini-documentary on what we learned. (22 minutes, 1080p)

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Additional images from ‘Crisis: Borderlands’

Water drop by No More Deaths.
Water drop by No More Deaths.
Water drop by No More Deaths.
Medical dome at No More Deaths camp.
Tucson police attack an immigrants rights protest with pepper spray.
Border Patrol checkpoint.
Border Patrol damages water drops (January 2011 footage)
Food damaged by attackers at supply drop maintained by No More Deaths.
Infrared targeting of migrants.
No More Deaths camp.
No More Deaths camp.
No More Deaths camp kitchen, site of daily raccoon incidents
Solar power system at No More Deaths camp.