Opinion: The real border crisis is occurring in medical and emergency clinics

Every time I see border patrol agents bring in a new patient, I think of Guillermo and his rosary and look to a day when no immigration journey ends in…
A metal fence marked with the U.S. Border Patrol sign prevents people from getting too close to the barbed/concertina wire covering the fence between the U.S—Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. Source: ARIANA DREHSLER/AFP/Getty Images

A pack of border patrol agents dressed in dark green uniforms invade the trauma bay, bringing with them chaos and our newest patient. The surgeon calls for order and shouts at the agents to leave the room. It takes a while but they do, only to hover just outside the door to make sure the patient isn’t moved or discharged without their knowledge.

I look at the patient lying on the gurney, his legs so badly wounded the bones are exposed. After years of living in Tucson, it doesn’t take long for me to identify the cause of such a

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