Common Assignment: Sharing Border Stories

My Border Story will take you into the eyes of a young 16-year-old boy named Alex Garcia. Alex lives in Chihuahua with his Pa, Eduardo, and his Ma, Mia, and brother, David; well, his brother used to live there. Chihuahua has been under siege of gangs and members of the Juarez Cartel. With increase in gang and cartel members, mother and father were worried for David’s well being. Ma and Pa hired human smugglers to get David out of the city, across the border and into the United States. One night they are falling asleep under the same roof, the next day David was gone forever.

Alex was twelve at the time and David was sixteen. Alex was young and didn’t have a good grasp on the situation that David was up against. Fast-forward four years and Alex is sixteen now. Throughout the past four years the gang and cartel violence has been off and on but recently acts of terror. Alex has had a few minor encounters. Alex is now working at the general store that his Pa is fortunate enough to own. When Alex was on his way to work one day with his friend Jorge he was encountered by three people that they expected were related to the Juarez Cartel. Some back talk occurs but lucky Jorge and Alex were able to escape untouched.

Alex had brought Jorge along this day because Alex’s Ma was leaving early today. Once Ma left Jorge and Alex were playing cards to pass the time. Alex kept noticing someone peering in through the window out of his peripheral vision. Whenever Alex acknowledged him he disappeared. Suddenly the three men who confronted them were busted down the doors to the general store, trapping Alex in a corner and beating Jorge as the looted the store. The whole ordeal felt like hours but was no longer then 5 minutes.

Lucky minutes after the criminals left, Pa was there to save the day. He escorted Alex and Jorge back to his house where Jorge was waiting to get picked up by his Ma, who had to specific expletive language for Alex. Later that night after Jorge’s mom had scalded the Garcia family, Alex’s father had come in to talk to Alex.

““The city of Chihuahua isn’t the place it used to be Alex;” Pa explained. “The level of crime in the city is critical! Shootings, carjacking, burglary, and murder are occurring far to often. Your mother and I were talking at dinner tonight and are concerned about not only our safety, but yours.” Hearing this before bed was not what I anticipated. I had a horrible gut feeling that I would soon be following the footsteps of my older brother, David.”

The next day, Alex was greeted by his parents around the kitchen table ready to let him know the unfortunately news. Alex’s parents let him know the unfortunate news that they had hired human smugglers to get him across the border, a similar situation to his brother. Alex was overcome with emotion and couldn’t help but feel betrayed. He went upstairs to pack his belongings and prepared for the four-day journey to Casa’s Grandes Municipality.

Over the next four days Alex fights the hardships thrown at him by the large open desert leading him towards Casa’s Grande’s Municipality. Along the way Alex encounters some helpful hands but also gets himself into some sticky situations. The whole time traveling up north, Alex never once stopped thinking about reconnecting with his brother once he touched down in United States. Once Alex managed to get into the United States, he went to the one address he knew of; which was written on the back of a postage note sent to the Garcia’s from David.







One thought on “Common Assignment: Sharing Border Stories

  1. Christopher Duplay

    Wow, what an intense story! Hopefully the Garcia’s end up happy and all together in the states, away from Chihuaha. This story made me think about when we learned about religion in Jordan. In the Country you can practice what you want, but the general public might not be so down with you. As we saw from the story, if you were anything but a Muslim (specifically christian or jewish) you were exiled, made fun of and even beaten in some instances. In both instances (Garcia family and Jordanians practicing something other than Muslim practices) I think the government should try and step in and do something, although it would probably be very hard. With gang violence usually authorities are being paid off to stay away, so this would make it hard for the government to intervene. And with the case in Jordan its hard because you can already practice what religion you want, so the government would just try and patrol harder, maybe around places that have Christians and jews?


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