9 December 2013
BORDERLANDS: CPT announces delegation 18-28 February 2014
Witness the impact of immigration enforcement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands where foreign policy masquerades as domestic and foists life and death decisions upon our neighbors, relatives, and friends, placing them in vulnerable and volatile situations. One hundred-eighty-two bodies were recovered in the Tucson Sector of the border alone this last fiscal year.
Journey with us through this zone of conflict, the gauntlet of the Sonoran desert, part of the lethal continuum that our neighbors from Latin America travel to reach the fields, factories and detention centers of the U.S. Come to observe, query, discern, contribute, learn, and then take home the story of human struggle and hope.
Through the borderlands lens, we will examine how immigration reform does and does not affect our neighbors and ourselves wherever we live in the U.S. We will meet some of those directly affected by public policy—migrants, local residents, activists, and law enforcement personnel. We will walk desert trails, visit sites that include detention centers, human resource centers, and cooperatives, traveling back and forth across the border. We will see first hand the impact of militarism on our neighbors and the border communities.
February is reasonably mild in the region—cool nights and warm, dry days. Prepare for moderate level trail walking. A passport or border card is essential for this delegation. Spanish is helpful but not required.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $625 US, which does NOT include the cost of travel to Tucson, Arizona.