Who are the targets of ICE detainers?

The Department of Homeland Security, through its Border Security  division daily apprehends and subsequently detains through the division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) thousands of persons believed to be present in the U.S.A. without proper travel or work visas.

Query — Is the detention process currently in use essential to fulfilling the DHS’s mission of protecting […]

By |July 30th, 2014|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

for the everyday Consumer (poem)

For the everyday Consumer

It’s not my story to tell
but it must be told
must be heard

and if it was really heard, don’t you know,
the entire empire would crumble,
brought to its knees

your life would turn itself
inside out.

it’s not my story to tell
but i find i’m standing in the story, holding it with bare hands
in these Levi
with this
Colombian […]

By |April 8th, 2013|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Yoga for Maquiladora Workers


Everyone who knows anything about the conditions for working women in the NAFTA factories at the border knows that on the whole workers’ bodies are treated like cogs in the wheel of production.

It is a shame, but true.  The average workday is too long.  The pay too little.  The time […]

By |July 20th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Just Breathe: Yoga for Maquiladora Workers

Just Breathe: Recovery for the Body of the Maquiladora Worker 

Elvia Rosales Arriola, Executive Director, WOMEN ON THE BORDER

What if Women on the Border, as an aspect of our mission to educate,  could take stress- relief training to the women in the maquiladoras?  What if some of that stress-relief training were grounded in the ancient practice of […]

By |July 20th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

NAFTA and Immigration: Connecting the Dots

A comment by Elvia Arriola, Board Member, Women on the Border.

Why do contemporary proponents of immigration reform ignore the connections between increased migration of people looking for work in the U.S. and the changes in both the Mexican and U.S. domestic economies pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?   To labor activists the […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

Mission of Women on the Border

Women on the Border is a Texas-based 501c3 non profit organization engaged in educational projects involving contact with women who are fighting against abuses by U.S. based investor corporations under the North American Free Trade Agreement. We are dedicated to supporting the workers in their efforts to bring about justice in the maquiladoras.  They complain […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

What is a Maquiladora?

The term “maquiladora” has been equated with “sweatshop.” It is a place where workers get no respect, where they are treated like machines not humans, where they often have to  use toxic chemicals without proper safety gear.  The chemicals or machinery sometimes makes them sick or causes grave injury or even death.   Sick workers […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

What is NAFTA?


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement signed by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994. It superseded the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. It is […]

By |July 19th, 2012|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments

Border Delegation: The Journey of an Immigrant, May 17-20, 2012

From Veracruz to Austin and Back:
The Journey of an Immigrant
May 17 (Thurs. evening) to May 20 (Sun. evening) 2012

Delegation sponsored by Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera in partnership with Women on the Border#

Since 1999 the ATCF quarterly program of solidarity delegations visiting maquiladora workers in Mexico at the border has examined the impact of […]

By |April 3rd, 2012|ACTIVISM, Immigration & Detention|0 Comments

An Investigation Into Exploitation of the Mexican Female Body along the U.S.-Mexico Border




 An Investigation into Exploitation of the Mexican Female Body along the U.S.-Mexico Border


Olivia Wood



 Year 3 Single Honours American and Canadian Studies



This dissertation studies Mexican women’s lives in the U.S.-Mexico frontier; demonstrating the ways in which women are exploited – economically, physically, psychologically, and sexually – and investigating the causes of such oppression.  It reveals that the […]

By |January 27th, 2012|Immigration & Detention, Research|0 Comments