Busted Halo
September 14th, 2009

Busted Borders: Nicole (United States) – Video 2

"The world's largest yard sale"


Nicole talks about the difficulties she’s facing uprooting her four kids and moving to a foreign country.

In video one, Nicole explained how her husband was barred from returning to the United States. Because of this, she is planning on moving with her kids to Mexico.

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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  • Step

    Yeah this is very sad…. I feel terrible for the kids

  • Kimberly McElroy

    I am Nicole Hernandez’s aunt Kim I am still in shock that she had to move her famly to Mexico because our imigation system is so messed up. We miss her, Alec an the children terribly our families are so upset that we dont have reliable contact with them. There is no mail and no internet service. The nearest town is about an hour to an hour an a half away. She had to pull her oldest son Cruz out of school because they don’t have a translator for him so therefore he doesn’t understand what they are saying. He has been having some behavior problems which is totally understandable. Nicole is trying to teach Cruz at home but without proper educational tools and access to materials not sure how thats going to work out. I truly wish there was something we could do to bring thier family back to the United States.

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