THE FENCE: EXPLORING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN BORDER

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By Abigail Hollander

There are 1,400 miles that linger between Los Angeles, Calif. and El Paso, Texas. With Professor Vikki Martinez of the modern languages and literatures department as chauffer, Union students will be exploring and analyzing the misconceptions of the Mexican-American border by van.

Students will visit several U.S. cities, including L.A., San Diego, San Ysidro and Calexico in California; Tucson, Bisbee, Naco, Douglas, the Coronado National Park and Phoenix in Arizona; Columbus and Las Cruces in New Mexico; and finally El Paso, Texas.

During the trip, students will be attending several forums that isolate the economic and political issues regarding the border and, of course, students will also be investigating the intrigue of the infamous fence that divides our territories.

Speakers will come from both sides of the border to address issues such as immigration, economics, deportation and the cultural and artistic representations of the border.

Students will be responsible for writing daily journal entries, as well as taking several photos to document their experience. Martinez urges students to immerse themselves in the culture of the border. She said, “The more we can learn about the complexities of the region, the better.”

In surrendering themselves to the desert, Union students have the ability to take part in a life-changing opportunity. Students are free to come to their own conclusions regarding border life through the eyes of experts, activists, women’s groups, immigrants and factory workers.

 

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