Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, The Nation, Guernica, Al Jazeera English, and Common Dreams, among other places. He has written two books: Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security and the recently released Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security , both published by City Lights. He is currently at work on another project investigating the extension of the U.S. border regime abroad–to places far away from U.S. territorial boundaries, but well within its political and economic sphere of influence. He is a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for the North American Congress on Latin America Report on the Americas and its column “Border Wars”.
” Since the 1990s, the restoration project has embedded galvanized wire cages, called gabions, on the banks and beds of washes.
These gabions are filled to the brim with rocks and go as far as 18 feet deep into the ground.
At first glance, they have the striking appearance of an intricate stone wall, a contrast to the border barrier just 100 yards away.
But instead of keeping people out, they were built to be sponges shaped to the contour of the streambed and riverbank, slowing the water and replenishing the soil with life.
Before they were built, rushing water from monsoon storms would take topsoil and leave cutting erosion. Now, there is water year-round.” – Todd Miller, journalist for Edible Baja