Category Archives: Immigration and Detention


    . IS DETENTION OF IMMIGRANTS WISE PUBLIC POLICY? A Critique   Photograph taken outside of the Etowah County Detention Center (Gadsen, Alabama). The sign in the window reads: “We miss our kids.” Photograph taken by Miguel Angel Carpizo-Ituarte.  The accompanying story can be located on Huffington Post  What is the Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of Continue Reading

  • Crazy Mexican Border Politics post 9-11

    Crazy Mexican Border Politics Since September 11, 2001 by Elvia Rosales Arriola Executive Director, WOB, INC. State Defiance of Federal Border Control On April 23, 2010 the Governor of Arizona signed a law passed by the legislature that allowed police officers to demand proof of citizenship to a person they have reason to suspect is Continue Reading

  • 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 repenting your life would turn itself inside out. it’s not my story to tell but i find i’m standing Continue Reading

  • Yoga for Maquiladora Workers

    STRESS RELIEF TRAINING 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.  Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading

  • NAFTA and Immigration: Connecting the Dots

    A comment by Elvia Arriola, Executive Director, Women on the Border. Why do contemporary proponents of immigration reform ignore the connections between increased migration of people looking for work from Mexico and the changes in the Mexican economy pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?   To labor activists the two have obviously gone Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading

  • 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 Continue Reading