Feb 28 • 46M

Laredo's Epic Battle Against Federal and State-Funded Border Walls: A Conversation with Tricia Cortez

"It's an obscene amount of money to destroy 16 river miles," says Cortez of Texas' new border wall plan.

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Melissa del Bosque
The Border Chronicle podcast is hosted by Melissa del Bosque and Todd Miller. Based in Tucson, Arizona, longtime journalists Melissa and Todd speak with fascinating fronterizos, community leaders, activists, artists and more at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Tricia Cortez in a still from the documentary The Southern Front about Laredo’s battle against the federal border wall.

In 2019, former President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the border, making border wall construction a top priority. Some of that wall was slated for the city of Laredo, Texas. Tricia Cortez, Executive Director of the nonprofit Rio Grande International Study Center, based in Laredo, talks about her community’s “David vs. Goliath” battle against the Trump administration’s 30-foot wall. Now her community faces a new onslaught of proposed border wall construction by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.


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