The BorderLinks Experience

Funding from SUNY Oneonta's Domestic Intercultural Immersion Program has provided 10 students the opportunity to take part in a cultural immersion program in southern Arizona and Mexico through the nonprofit organization BorderLinks.

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  1. What is BorderLinks?

  2. 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.
  3. DESTINATION: TUCSON, AZ

  4. 10 Oneonta students are on their way to the Arizona/Mexico border to take part in a cultural immersion program through the non profit organization BorderLinks.  Follow their experience at #borderlinksoneonta
    10 Oneonta students are on their way to the Arizona/Mexico border to take part in a cultural immersion program through the non profit organization BorderLinks. Follow their experience at #borderlinksoneonta
  5. Goodbye New York! #BorderlinksOneonta
    Goodbye New York! #BorderlinksOneonta
  6. #BorderlinksOneonta The first meal in Tucson
    #BorderlinksOneonta The first meal in Tucson
  7. Beautiful art work ✨#BorderLinksOneonta
    Beautiful art work ✨#BorderLinksOneonta
  8. #BorderLinksOneonta #day2
    #BorderLinksOneonta #day2
  9. BORDER HISTORY: UNITED STATES & MEXICO

  10. The border between the United States and Mexico is 1,989 miles long and extends from Tijuana, California, to Brownsville, Texas.
  11. 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.
  12. The Border: Nogales and the desert walk

  13. 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.
  14. Desert hike this morning. #borderlinksoneonta
    Desert hike this morning. #borderlinksoneonta
  15. 🐍🦂🌵everything in this desert will kill you.🌵🦂🐍 #BorderLinksOneonta
    🐍🦂🌵everything in this desert will kill you.🌵🦂🐍 #BorderLinksOneonta
  16. 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.
  17. Many migrants have died trying to cross the Arizona/Mexico border. Extreme environmental conditions and lack of supplies contribute to many of these deaths.
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