9 November 2015
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Join the work of the CPT U.S./Mexico Borderlands Delegation 10-20 February 2016
In the last months the world’s attention has focused on refugees desperate to reach Europe, because the violence in their own countries has reached such cataclysmic proportions. But people are fleeing almost horrific violence from Latin American countries, too, and risking their lives in the Sonoran Desert to escape it: 182 bodies were recovered in the Tucson Sector of the border alone this last fiscal year.
Witness the impact of immigration enforcement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands where foreign policy masquerades as domestic, where the U.S. government foists life and death decisions upon our neighbors, relatives and friends, placing them in vulnerable and volatile situations. 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.
|Photo: Nadine Hiemstra|
With the lens of the borderlands we will examine how immigration reform does and does not impact 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, law enforcement personnel. We will walk desert trails, visit sites that include detention centers, human resource centers, cooperatives… 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 here. Cool nights, 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: $800 USD, which does NOT include the cost of travel to Tucson, Arizona.