The Story Between Borders

The Story Between Borders


Sometimes there are some immigrants that will make the trip and other times there are those who won’t, but in the end it’s all a gamble. Crossing the border is different for each person crossing, and in this story, a character will have a reason to want to cross the border, making it relatable to the issue we talked in class about immigration, and what can possibly drive someone to gamble away at their life by crossing the border.

Living in their apartment in Mexicali, the community of people were mostly inhabited by immigrants. Ojeda introduces that “Mexicali houses 33% of Baja California’s population, which, totals 2.1 million inhabitants” (Ojeda). Either starting a new life or working in one of the industries, immigrants were in Mexicali making a living off of being there. Also by doing that, it caused the population to rise.

Their parents left them five years ago, in search of possible family and opportunities in Arizona, but haven’t contacted them since they left. I noticed Mexican immigration has never been spread evenly among the fifty United States. Which led to me wondering why? In Draud’s study he shows “historically, a few key states, mostly in the southwest, has attracted a large majority of immigrants from Mexico. Especially, the four states, on geography scale (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas) has importance to the border and the people” [sic] (Draud 1-15). This probably attracted Pablo and Luis’ parents. Something about these states has something they’re attached to, like a remembrance of home in Mexicali.

To embark on this quest, Pablo willingly took the chance to find his family, even though it was dangerous. So dangerous it became this “way of life” Nevins states opposing to the chances people took “In many ways, migrant deaths have become a way of life in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and, more broadly, in the intersections between ‘first’ and ‘third’ worlds” (Nevins 169). People that choose to migrate from their country, they have the same passion as Pablo, but they’ll suffer possible death by taking a chance in pursuing a new life across the border.   

Their migration and hard work represent a sacrifice of everyday comforts for the sake of their children and their children’s future” (Dreby 1-10). For the sake of their children, it caused Pablo and Luis, more suffering and struggling to live a life without their parents. People that choose to migrate from their country, they have the same passion as Pablo, but suffer possible death by taking a chance in pursuing a new life across the border.  One of the things this goes over is the different factors, Mexicans would want to cross the border. Is it the individual’s choice to move voluntarily, or in many cases, are they forced because the individual risk something if they stay.

Very often, people consider and prefer opportunities closer to their location than similar opportunities farther away. In the same vein, people often like to move to places with better cultural, political, climatic and general terrain in closer locations than locations further away. It is rare to find people move over very long distances to settle in places that they have little knowledge of.

When parents leave, children and other dependents suffer the most, as they lose out on the important psychological development that they need from good parenting. Many of the children are exposed to social vices at an early age, because there is no parental control. People and families are allowed to make their own judgments into their living conditions, in relation to the general living standards of the communities in which they live. Migration brings both positive and negative impacts on the destination country.  Thus, creating solutions or problems to the country.  In the end it’s all a gamble. Crossing the border is different for each person  who crosses, and in this story, that character will have a reason to want to cross the border, but the question to that is why would he need to cross the border? What can it possibly be?

5 thoughts on “The Story Between Borders

  1. Justin Pryce

    I found this project abstract to be really interesting. When people cross borders there are indeed many positive and negative outcomes. This brings up a lot of the issues that I addressed in my final project on China’s ethic minority of Koreans. This minority are a border crossing people just like the Mexican immigrants that cross into the United States looking for a better life. It is really difficult for these border crossing people to make a transition to a different culture and maintain the culture of the places that they leave behind. I found this abreact really interesting because I found many similarities to my own project that focused on the border crossing people of ethnic Koreans in China.

  2. Tucker Van Dusen

    I found this abstract about immigration and national borders fascinating to read. I believe that people cross national borders for their own unique reasons. It may be to better the lives of family members who find themselves struggling, or it may be to transport drugs from one point to the other. Everyone who crosses a border does it for his or her own reason. For my European Union class I wrote about the energy conflict happening between Russia and the European Union. This abstract relates to my own because the energy conflict has the potential to make people immigrate elsewhere in search of more economic stability. If the economy in either Russia or the EU member countries reaches a low point, it may drive people out of the country. This is similar to what’s going on at the U.S. – Mexico border because people are immigrating to the U.S. in search of a more stable economic foundation for themselves. I thought this abstract was well written and interesting to read.

  3. Daniel Covert

    It is very admirable to understand what some people will go through and what they’ll give up for things that need to be done. No one wants to risk their lives I’m sure especially when they have other that depend on them. Then again, much greatness and success has been seen by people and Empires alike that have done things based on a necessity regardless of how dangerous, or bad things are. Its easy from some of our perspectives to criticize other’s important decisions but then again we can’t change the past and sometimes we can’t change how things are in the moment.

  4. Casey Green

    This is a great abstract and in my opinion becoming more important of an issue everyday due to increased immigration and the ever changing cultural landscape in the US- particularly in the Southwest. This relates significantly to both my Arab Spring and Yemen classes. Post-Spring we see a very significant amount of migrants from northern African countries making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea where many of them don’t survive. In Yemen, the current civil war is leading to one of the potentially largest humanitarian crises in decades and causing millions to seek migration and refugee status. The interwoven culture between the southern US and Mexico is very similar to the closely held connection and cultural of those in the Arab world. I also think that the huge sacrifices many people have to make in countries that have a less favorable economic or security climate is often taken for granted in places like the States where opportunities and safety are abundant for the most part.

  5. Raeanna Reichert

    I like your idea for your paper and it sounds like it should be an interesting spin off of a case study. This reminded me of my paper, which was about Brexit and it’s possible effects on jobs there, in that immigration can indirectly effect a nation in ways that are really unseen. You talk a lot about “Mexicali” and it’s cultural impacts as well as it’s influence on the population of the US. That got me thinking about the impact immigration has on the job market and how many natural citizens feel as though immigrants are “taking their jobs”. In the UK around 16% of the work force is made up of foreign-born people, and just under half of those people live and work in London, which I relate to “Mexicali” in that it’s the easiest place to get to and start a life in. It’s like when you point out that the states with the highest immigrant population are border states, once you make it into your destination country it’s hard to be picky about where you are going to settle since you’ve already effectively achieved your goal.


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