Borderland Field Work: Conflicting Perspectives

Retreat to the Border, 2015

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During the last few days, our faculty had the opportunity to explore the issue of immigration by traveling to the border and hearing from many people with expertise. I recorded over 3400 words worth of notes, and took a few photographs. From my notes, I selected a handful of important quotes (some are paraphrased), which I pasted into an image next to statements that demonstrate a different perspective. I color-coded the quotes and included a key, and then superimposed them on a photograph of one of our rental vans traveling along a major highway in the border region. Despite the conflicts of opinion, every individual we met on our trip showed care and concernĀ for the border people, no matter what their legal status.