New Mexico is in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, a culturally and economically vibrant area that more than 15 million Americans call home. Unfortunately, in recent decades the federal government has increasingly militarized the border region, saturating our border communities with tens of thousands of federal agents who have a mandate to operate up to 100 miles from the border. Lacking proper oversight and accountability, these border agents routinely violate the rights of the people living in the border region.  The ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights (RCBR), based in Las Cruces, NM, advocates locally, regionally, and nationally to rein in the militarization of our border communities and fights to hold federal agencies accountable.