Busted Halo
December 11th, 2009

Busted Borders: Benita (Mexico)-Video 1

"I thought I was coming here on vacation."


In this video, Benita discusses her background and the difficulties she faced growing up.

With the help of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, BustedHalo.com began covering the issue of immigration in a unique way. Instead of contributing to the glut of coverage about immigration, BustedHalo is featuring stories by immigrants themselves about the issue. We distributed Flip video cameras to undocumented individuals and agencies across the country and asked them to start video blogging for a period of at least three months.

Busted Borders is an attempt to use the web’s unfiltered nature to move the immigration debate away from abstractions and statistics. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we hope to give a personal glimpse into the humanity of these strangers in our midst. For reasons of safety, some of the participants have opted to keep their last names and locations secret.

Busted Borders is an ongoing project and we are still in its early stages. If you or someone you know is interested in participating please contact us at borders@bustedhalo.com.

Busted Borders Producer: Bill McGarvey; Project coordinator: Mirlande Jeanlouis.

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  • Sister Marcela Machicote, SND

    Thank YOU, thank you, thank you!
    This is the real face of immigration!
    God bless your endeavors in favor of those that like him are immigrants!

    Sincerely, Sister Marcela.

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