AGENY REPORT:  Border Defense Coalition

Im/migrant Agency Report

By Laura Berkowitz



In these brief reports, students respond to questions about the migration perspectives of an assigned im/migrant agency or organization, based on their Internet research. These annotations will compile a resource list to serve as a guide for the class and others concerned with im/migration issues.


A.    Title of agency or organization?   Border Defense Coalition                  


B.     Where is home base (city/state/country)?             Cochise County, Arizona, USA        


C.     Date founded?      2000


D.    Names of key spokespersons/officers       Founder:          Bob Park


E.     What/who is key constituency or audience?         Illegal Mexicans


F.      What are the agency’s main activities?     Producing and posting billboards along Highway 80 expressing the agency’s concerns. 


G.    Mission statement? (you may quote mission statement if available; use quotation marks)  The agency declares itself an “Article 4, Section 4” organization; No mission statement found.


H.    What are the key im/migration issues of concern to this agency?            Drug trafficking from Mexico into the US (specifically Arizona)


I.       What appears to be the most common informational basis for statements issued, press releases, reports, etc.?      Online articles and billboards.


J.       Any publications? (what types, sample titles; if online, give links) “Informing the People” is located at              “U.S. Border Control” is located at


K.    Give at least one citation of this agency in a newspaper article (preferably an Arizona newspaper). Use a citation index to research this e.g., Lexis Nexis, available from the Migration Course Web Page made by the Fletcher Library:  Provide a quote from the article that gives a good idea of this agency’s perspective on im/migration.  Note: not a quote from agency’s own web site.      Unable to retrieve newspaper article.


L.     Other issues of interest?    None.


M.   Is the agency noticeably pro or con immigration? (you may need to determine this from readings its position papers, press releases, news reports, etc)  Con immigration


N.    Web site? Give URL        None.


Reminder: Do not simply copy the agency’s own words. Instead, give synopsis based on your research. If you have trouble locating information about your agency, contact Dr K for help!



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