Todd Miller, an alum of Prescott College who is currently a journalist based in Tucson, Arizona, has just published a report on corporate profiteering and the militarization of US borders called “More Than A Wall”.
Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years, the last eight as an independent journalist and writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, Guernica, San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, In These Times, and Al Jazeera English, among other places. After transferring from Virginia Tech to Prescott College, and while still in school, he started his journalism career in earnest. About his experience at Prescott College, “I was a journalism major, and often times as a journalism major perhaps in another place, you might not actually be able to produce journalism or very little of it while you are actually in school. With my Prescott College program, I was producing journalism that was being published at the time for a national audience while I was still in school. To me, perhaps that was one of the most amazing parts of it but also being mentored by experts in the field that would challenge me and push me to bring my journalism to the highest quality.”
As the researcher and author of the report “More than a Wall”, Todd Miller examines the role of the world’s largest arms firms (as well as a number of other firms in security and IT) in shaping and profiting from the militarization of US borders. Through their campaign contributions, lobbying, constant engagement with government officials, and the revolving door between industry and government, these border security corporations and their government allies have formed powerful border–industrial complex that is a major impediment to a humane response to migration.
Miller stated, “This report reveals the profound and pervasive connections between security and arms corporations and the politicians who both make border policy and determine the money allocated to its enforcement apparatus. All too often these very entrenched and lucrative bonds are hidden from the public eye and, thus, erased from the public conversation. The exact opposite needs to happen: the fact that giant corporations are both benefiting from and driving border militarization needs to be front and center of one of the most important discussions happening in the United States at this time.”