Maria Jiménez is director of the Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project (ILEMP), an organization that works with local communities on the U.S.-Mexico border to challenge human rights abuses in the enforcement of immigration law. The following viewpoint is excerpted from a 1998 interview of Jiménez by Nic Paget-Clarke, publisher of In Motion Magazine, an online multicultural publication. Jiménez asserts that communities along the border are being destabilized and otherwise harmed by the actions of the Border Patrol and other federal agents sent to capture illegal...
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