What is BorderLinks?
- BorderLinks is a nonprofit educational organization based in Tucson, Arizona that focuses on cross-border relationship building opportunities and issues of migration in the borderlands between Mexico and the United States. The 5 day immersion experience will connect students with local individuals and organizations that offer services to migrant populations on both sides of border. The following is a selection of experiences from students through social media.
DESTINATION: TUCSON, AZ
BORDER HISTORY: UNITED STATES & MEXICO
- The border between the United States and Mexico is 1,989 miles long and extends from Tijuana, California, to Brownsville, Texas.
- Heroica Nogales, more commonly known as Nogales, is a city and the county seat of the Municipality of Nogales. It is located on the northern border of the Mexican state of Sonora. Nogales has a population of 220,292 (2010) and contributes to $30 billion in international trade between the United States and Mexico every year.
The Border: Nogales and the desert walk
- Every year, thousands of people from countries throughout Latin America travel through remote areas of desert and rough terrain, with the goal of making it across the international border into the United States. Facing the potential of financial extortion, physical assault, detention, and even death, individuals make the choice to risk their own life and the lives of their families for a better life in the United States.
- Students experienced the harsh nature of the desert by following parts of the same trails that migrants use on a daily basis. They were guided by a member of a humanitarian organization that provides food, water and medical supplies to travelers.
- Many migrants have died trying to cross the Arizona/Mexico border. Extreme environmental conditions and lack of supplies contribute to many of these deaths.