Monday, October 20, 2008

The U.S./Mexico Divide

(Photo from Bits and Pieces)

A Growing Divide at the Border -- Washington Post

Families Dread the Pending Fortification of Barrier Between U.S. and Mexico

BORDER FIELD STATE PARK, Calif. -- Each face would be overlaid with the rusted chain links of the U.S.-Mexico border fence, but Jorge Ibarra snapped the photos anyway.

There was his cousin, holding up her baby boy for the family to see. There, his aunt, wiping her eyes under the shade of her parasol. And there, his grandmother, her face filled with joy as she touched her daughter's fingertips through the fence with her own.

Ibarra, 17, of National City, Calif., shot the family photos on a recent Sunday afternoon here, where the 2,000-mile line separating the United States and Mexico sinks into the Pacific Ocean. For years, Mexican American families have flocked to this beachside park to see, touch, hear and feed loved ones through the modest openings of the fence.

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My Comment: Violence, economic dislocation and social upheaval .... all of these factors are now resulting in the establishment of physical barriers between the two countries.

The U.S. has always been the outlet for Mexicans/Central Americans looking for a better life. With this outlet now closing, one can easily expect rising societal frustrations and protests to slowly start to escalate throughout Central America.

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