Border Digest – 29 April 2015

BBC schematic, September 2014

The Mediterranean

Last week, more than a thousand migrants drowned while trying to reach European Union territory from Libya.The EU’s solution? Militarize the situation even further by matching a nominal increase in patrols with the preemptive disabling of boats that might be used in human trafficking.

Like in the United States, where enforcement strategies included intentionally pushing migrants into the Arizona desert, the EU’s reliance on risk of death involved in the sea crossing from North Africa to deter migrants isn’t really working; the only tangible result seems to be more deaths.

Mexico/United States

A judge has blocked a lawsuit by the family of 15 year old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, who was shot and killed by the US Border Patrol in June, 2010. The civil suit has no standing, the judge says, because the effect of the shooting was “felt in Mexico” and Sergio had no connection to the United States. Except, of course, being shot from across the Rio Grande by a USBP officer.


Islamic State took responsibility for a car bomb attack on the border crossing at Tureibil.

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Saudi troops on the Saudi Arabia/Yemen border.

Saudi Arabia continues its military build-up of the border with Yemen. Up to 8 Saudi soldiers have been killed in fighting there during that country’s attack on the Houthi rebel alliance that ousted Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi (who is now living in Saudi Arabia).