The shooting death earlier this year of an 18-year-old goat herder by a secret US Marine anti-drug squad in the small farming town of Redford, Texas, has sparked renewed controversy over the increasing US military presence along the Texas-Mexico border.
• Maria Jimenez, the director of the American Friend Service Committee’s Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project based in Houston, Texas. The group documents human and civil rights violations in the enforcement of immigration law.
• Kevin Zease, the head of Common Sense for Drug Policy, a group working to increase discussion of drug policy alternatives based in Washington DC. He is also on the board of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas, a drug policy reform group based in Houston.