The Borderlands of El Paso (US)

Dates: Saturday, April 9th – Friday, April 15th
Location: El Paso
Price Range: $2600-$3200
Theme: Spanish language, culture & history

El Paso BorderEl Paso, Texas is rooted in both colonialism and resistance. On the border between the U.S. and México, it offers a window into the complex in-betweenness of border identity, not only of this particular border but many borderlands around the world. On this EBC, wewill have a chance to meet with community and nonprofit leaders working in the midst of a continuing debate around immigration policy. We will visit and help serve at a local school and shelter for immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as federal immigration court where those cases are processed. Discussions around illegal immigration often focus on danger and violence, but El Paso itself is rated as one of the safest cities in the U.S., and many believe it is the cooperation between local governments, business, and community organizations necessitated by this geopolitical context that makes it so. We will enjoy great Southwestern food and explore other unique sights around El Paso and Old Mesilla. Come and explore El Paso and see why border studies is such a rich and rewarding field of research and experience.

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