the U.S. Border Patrol was created in 1924, no agent has been
convicted for shooting and killing a Mexican. The records for
at least the last twenty years, which show dozens of Mexicans
shot and killed and dozens more wounded along the U.S.- Mexico
border, including beatings numbering in the hundreds, continues
to make one feel as though it were open season on Mexicans along
the border." (Roberto Martinez; National Network News, Vol.
VII, July-Aug. 1994, p.1)
these attacks over? There are over 125 million migrants in the
world today. Only about 1% of them migrate to the U.S. each
year, despite the hype about immigrants flooding U.S. borders.
The UN estimates that about 10,000 people are displaced
as refugees each day. Of the top 15 U.S. immigrant-sending countries
in 1992, for example, five of them could be tied to a U.S. military
presence: Vietnam, the Philippines, El Salvador, Korea, and
At the time this show was developed, we were fighting
the Republican Governor Pete Wilson, and his Proposition 187
that would require educators and medical professionals to deny
public services to those "suspected" of being illegal
immigrants and report them to the police.
Fortunately, the Governor of California lost that battle.
If you live in California long enough, you beginto understand
how dependent the economy of this state is on immigrants. When
is this militarized border state going to acknowledge this?