About DukeEngage Tucson 2010

Immigration is perhaps the single largest domestic challenge facing both the United States and Mexico today. People die nearly every week attempting to cross the border. Hostilities against immigrants in the U.S. rise daily. Local, state, and international relations are increasingly strained.

For eight weeks this summer, seven students have been given the opportunity to travel to Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico to study the many faces of immigration. Following two weeks of meetings with local activists, a Border Patrol agent, a federal public defender, lawyers, members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, maquiladora owners, Grupos Beta employees, migrants, and local farmers, we will spend six weeks partnered with Southside Day Labor Camp, BorderLinks, or Humane Borders in order to further immerse ourselves in the issues of immigration.

This blog chronicles our experiences and our perspectives on what we learn while here in Arizona. We hope our stories are interesting and informative.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sierra Club on the Border Wall

This weekend we met with the Sierra Club to discuss border issues. They provided a unique mix between a humanitarian aid and environmental perspective. None of us realized just how detrimental the border wall is to our environment and desert ecosystem. Furthermore, we all found it shocking just how many federal laws the federal government has broken to build the wall. Here is a quick glimpse at environmental problems (flooding, endangered species, etc.) that have come about due to the construction of the border wall:

Wild Versus Wall (short version) from steev hise on Vimeo.

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