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Busted Halo distributed Flip videocameras to undocumented individuals and agencies and asked them to start videoblogging. We hope Busted Borders gives a personal glimpse into the humanity of these strangers in our midst.

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May 4th, 2010

Busted Borders One-Year Anniversary

In search of the humanity behind the immigration debate

 
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Recent passage of new legislation in Arizona has brought the divisive issue of immigration to the forefront of the national consciousness once again. This latest salvo comes on the one-year anniversary of the debut of our Busted Borders video series, in which BustedHalo.com — along with the help of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation — began covering the issue of immigration in a unique way.

Busted Borders is an attempt to use the web’s unfiltered nature to move the immigration debate away from abstractions and statistics to reveal the deeply human dimension of the issue. Instead of contributing to the glut of coverage about immigration, Busted Halo decided to feature stories by immigrants themselves about their experience. 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.

Over the past year we have published a total of twenty-four segments that have been viewed by thousands of visitors to BustedHalo.com. In addition, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today have taken note of the unique way Busted Halo covers the intersection of culture, politics and faith by featuring Busted Borders in their pages.

We’ve featured the lives of nine individuals thus far, specifically highlighting the stories of:

Additionally we have followed American citizens Nicole, from Ohio, and Giselle, from New York, whose husbands were deported to Mexico, in their struggles to reunite with their spouses. Throughout this journey many others have shared their stories with us, including Fatoumata, from Senegal, Roxroy, from Jamaica, and Facundo, from Argentina.

The following video compilation is an overview of the segments and stories we’ve featured over the past year:

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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  • Dorota

    “I am not against immigration. I am against ILLEGAL immigration.” i thing the same. However there must be accidents which I could accept, for example fast-leaving coutry from violent.

  • ruth conner

    Young immigrants risk their lives crossing the desert to help their parents/siblings bankrupted by NAFTAs industrial competition. The small campesino in Mexico cannot sell his hogs,chickens/corn..Income from the former tourist industry has dwindled after a well-known US Hog Factory came up with H1N1.
    These young men are forced to “live in he shadows here” many would be happy to pay taxes, but dare not come forward to do so for fear of deportation. They are vulnerable to frequent gross exploitation, such as working hard all day, then being driven “back to the 7-11″ spell: Dumped out on a dark road without pay……..I have taught English to a group housed in trailers nearby… one of them, a young father of four, kept his money in his shoe…was waylaid at night by 3 US teens “amigo-shopping”, shot in the chest 7 times.. . robbed……….He was too afraid to open a bank account ..A cross with paper flowers stands where he died…
    Our president has a plan. Lets get out the votes and support for him. He did not swamp this boat……but is now used by many as the scapegoat. THAT is what the hardliners desire……….

  • Carl LeBlanc

    I am not against immigration. I am against ILLEGAL immigration. The issue in AZ is the ILLEGAL border crossers are trafficing drugs, people, and death. The U.S. Constitution is a contract with Citizens of the United States. ILLEGAL immigrants are breaking the law. Refugees are a different story- we should allow refugee status to protect people.

  • Kathleen Clementi

    These videos are wonderful. I wonder have people ever seen the film “El Norte”? We are a nation of immigrants and it seems as each new nationality arrives they are treated with some form of hate or bias. I wonder that people do see that it is our system that pits us against each other. We are all struggling (except the well to do)to survive and fighting over limited resources: jobs, housing, food, clothing, healthcare. We need to fight the system that creates this atmosphere. Life should not be fair it should be just. It should be a dance not a race.

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