Author Archives: toddwmiller

Beyond Trump’s Big, Beautiful Wall

I coauthored this article, published in NACLA Report on the Americas, with Joseph Nevins.  In the fall of 2016, Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico divide seemed like an unlikely presidential candidate’s campaign bluster. Since the New York real estate magnate’s swearing-in as Barack Obama’s White House successor on January 20, 2017, it […]

Un cuento de dos muros: el verdadero y el Figurativo

El mensaje central de la campaña presidencial de Donald Trump era que iba aconstruir un muro entre Esta- dos Unidos y México, un muro grande, un muro “hermoso”. Pero el secreto a voces es que el actual presidente de Estados Unidos no va a construir tal muro, solamente algunas secciones de varios tamaños a lo […]

A Tale of Two Walls: Along a remote stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border, two visions for the climate-changed future are unfolding.

The U.S. Border Patrol agent was positioned behind a rust-colored vehicle barrier, on the other side of the international boundary line. He stopped when he saw me, bent down and taking a picture of grass. I was examining a tuft of sacaton, one of the several varieties of native grasses brought back to life by […]

The Great Mexican Wall Deception

At the federal courthouse, Ignacio Sarabia asks the magistrate judge, Jacqueline Rateau, if he can explain why he crossed the international boundary between the two countries without authorization. He has already pleaded guilty to the federal misdemeanor commonly known as “illegal entry” and is about to receive a prison sentence. On either side of him […]

Talking about Border Patrol Capitalism on NACLA Radio

“NACLA Radio takes a deeper dive into the latest NACLA Report : “Currency of Death: Unraveling the Political Economy of the Drug Wars,” with interviews with Alexander Aviña, Molly Molloy, and Todd Miller.” Find the audio here: 

Border Patrol Capitalism

On the U.S.-Mexico border, the border security industry grows alongside the expanding militarization of the drug wars. For more at the 2016 summer edition of NACLA Report on the Americas click here: (apologies for it being behind a pay wall and costing so much, am checking into it that)

The Empire Files’ full-length border documentary (I make a couple appearances)

The Empire’s War on the Border – Full Documentary // Empire_File018/19 “Join Abby Martin as she investigates why there are thousands of bodies on the US Mexico border–and uncovers a hidden war–in this full-length documentary, originally aired as a two-part series. Discover what is not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis […]

A Letter to My Unborn Child About Climate Change and Borders

This was originally published in the Tucson Weekly. “Letters to the Future, a national project involving more than 40 alternative weeklies across the United States, set out to find authors, artists, scientists and others willing to get creative and draft letters to future generations of their own families, predicting the success or failure of the […]

21st Century Manifest Destiny on the U.S.-Mexico Border

It was a typical scene for many on the Tohono O’odham Nation: a Border Patrol agent pulled behind us in a green-striped vehicle after we had stopped to check directions. We were a group of five people in two cars. We had no idea what they wanted. Documentary filmmaker Adam Markle was going to interview […]

Talking Stick Video Interview about Border Militarization

See the video of an interview I did with Mike McCormick in Seattle last April here.