Humane Borders

Humane Borders provide humanitarian assistance to persons in need in the desert border regions of the U.S. and Mexico. The group seeks to encourage the creation of public policies toward more humane, legalized work opportunities for migrants in the U.S., and to encourage economic opportunities for migrants in their country of origin.

Kino Border Initiative

A project of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Kino is a "cooperative effort between six major religious organizations that strive(s) to accompany migrants and communities affected by the consequences of migration." The project was launched in the twin cities of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona, in January of 2009.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security prevents and investigates illegal movements across our borders, including the smuggling of people, drugs, cash, and weapons. The Department is working to strengthen security on the southwest border to disrupt the drug, cash and weapon smuggling that fuels cartel violence in Mexico by adding manpower and technology to the southwest border. The U.S. Border Patrol is part of Customs and Boarder Protection, an agency within DHS.

Secure Fence Act of 2006

Discussed in the film, this law authorized the creation of a 700-mile long fence along the US-Mexico border. Legislation passed concurrently allocated funds for construction totaling $1.2 billion.

Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010

Signed into law by President Obama in August 2010, this bill directs $600 million to efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. The funds will pay for more Border Patrol agents, customs and immigration personnel, communications equipment, and greater deployment surveillance drones. Some of the funds will also go to the Justice Department to support to their work along the border.