Migration & Culture     Spring 2004    Prof Koptiuch    Arizona State University West    Phoenix, Arizona


Borderlinks Fieldtrip to Nogales, Mexico

FEBRUARY 25, 2004            Schedule            Report Due March 4

A required educational field trip to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico with the non-profit educational organization BorderLinks will add an innovative and exciting dimension to this course. This full-day excursion will be tailored to our course topic and may include activities such as: orientation in Tucson at BorderLinks; interview with the US Border Patrol or Grupo Beta (Mexican Border Patrol); visit to a migrant shelter/community center, maquiladora visit; lunch with families in a colonia squatters’ settlement; exercises such as a market basket survey comparing cost of living on both sides of the border; discussions with migrants and US and Mexican experts and officials about migration issues. The opportunity for this trip undoubtedly will enable us to bring home through an immersion experience many of the topics studied in the course.

As indicated on the ASUW Course Schedule, a fee of $75.00 per student is required (check or money order made out to “BorderLinks,” to be collected in class by Feb. 11). We will hire a bus to transport us to and from Tucson, about $15.00 extra (cash or check made out to "ASU").

Please arrange your schedule and obligations to enable you to attend this important part of the course!

BorderLinks Trip Schedule

Trip Leaders: Holly Hilburn and Alma Delia Isási Diaz, ME
Other staff helping out: Lerry Chase, Jason Yoder, Cecilia Guzmán, Jeannette Pazos

All times are approximate and all visits subject to change.

6:30      Bus departs from ASU West campus
8:30      Arrival, orientation in Casa Actuar, BorderLinks’ Tucson guest house
9:00      Jen Allen of the Border Action Network talk at Casa Actuar
10:15    Depart for Nogales
11:30    Visit to US Border Patrol Nogales Station (PIO Levi Faber)
1:00      Cross Border
1:30      Lunch in Colonia Las Torres and drive thru Colonia Kennedy
3:30      Maquila Otis—elevator manufacturer
5:00      Wrap up talk and dinner with Kiko Trujillo, Borderlinks director in Mexico
7:00      Bus from Tucson to Phoenix

BorderLinks Fieldtrip Report
DUE March 4, 2004

Write up a "brief" (2-3 pp) about one or two key aspects that impressed you most about the trip, and explain why. Incorporate at least two of our readings into your discussion to more effectively help you to analyze your impressions in relation to the migration issues we’ve studied in this course so far.

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