Checkpoint Nation

On October 8, the Texas Observer published a powerful look at what’s come to be known as the border zone — a buffer of about 100 miles that runs along any U.S. border — where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been given free reign to trample on constitutional rights in the name of security. The details are harrowing, and CBP’s infringement on basic civil rights is disturbing. Some 200 million Americans live within this zone, including Laura Sandoval, who spoke with the Observer under a pseudonym. Without cause, Sandoval was detained and subjected to a traumatic cavity search. “We don’t need a warrant,” a CBP officer told her. This project is a collaboration with Harper’s Magazine, the first in that outlet’s esteemed history.

We’re happy to extend an invitation to hear reporter Melissa del Bosque discuss the piece with Harper’s associate editor Rachel Poser and border writer Michelle Garcia in Austin at the North Door on Tuesday, October 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the discussion begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and  open to the public.

Space is limited, so please RSVP below. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!