Fire, Razor Wire and the Beast

Scenes from a US Mexico Border Drama

Border fence near El Paso. Photo: US Border Patrol.

On Saturday evening, May 6, an unconfirmed report of a man with a long rife lurking about near the Sacred Heart Church in Segundo Barrio spread among encamped migrants. Earlier in the day, another man suspected of neo-Nazi leanings had gunned down nine people in a commercial mall located in Allen, Texas, hundreds of miles to the north. Worse yet, a driver plowed into a crowd of Venezuelan asylum seekers the next day in Brownsville, Texas, killing eight. Such is the state of the nation asylum seekers fleeing violence confront in 2023.  

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Kent Paterson is a freelance journalist who covers the southwestern United States, the border region and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch and the Americas Program. 

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