Border Stories

Clara, Sophia, Ben, and John from the new group Border Stories are doing important work for la frontera. They are humanizing this entire border region one video clip, one interview, one face at a time. Their work could not have come at a better time.

The border region has always been misunderstood. There are some who write it off as a dangerous area, others as a poor region not worth visiting on vacation. Some have deemed it “no-man’s land,” since it is south of the real border checkpoints some 40 miles north. Some look at the border region and see only the line which separates two countries, or a river which snakes back and forth until finally emptying into the sea. Some hear the Spanish and Spanglish and are threatened by this budding culture shift in parts of America.

Few look at the border region, either in Las Cruces, NM, and Del Rio, TX, or Brownsville, and see the people whose lives are planted here. The border is shrimp fisherman, factory workers, offshore oil-rig engineers, carpenters, educators. The border is families, bi-lingual tongues, bi-national histories, and bi-cultural futures. The border is a family who cannot leave the la frontera because old Abuela cannot legally cross and they would never dream of leaving grandma. The border is new immigrants, old land-grant families. The border holds the future of the United States.

Please visit http://www.borderstories.org/ to witness these stories for yourself.

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2 Responses to “Border Stories”

  1. Border Stories Says:

    Hi Matthew– Thank you for spreading the word! We really enjoyed meeting you and the rest of the border walkers. I want to mention Ben and John, the other two members of our team, just to spread credit (and blame) where’s it’s due and reiterate the invitation to check out the site!

  2. Matthew Webster Says:

    Clara, Ben, Sophia, and John –

    Great work on the site and on your project. I am really impressed with the videos you’ve put up so far, and I am excited to view the videos as you keep going up la frontera. You did a great job of melding the aesthetic with the everyday, a great way of showing the beauty of the border. Keep it up!

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