Thursday, September 15, 2005

Las Chepas

Interesting story from a crossing spot on the Mexico side of the U.S. southern border:

Most of the people on the north side of the border view the widening flow of immigrants with disdain, saying the border-crossers trample and litter the alfalfa and vegetable fields. In response to their pleas for help, [New Mexico] Governor [Bill] Richardson declared a state of emergency and asked Mexican authorities to knock Las Chepas down.

Almost no one is... living on the south side of the border to object. Most of the people of Las Chepas moved north in the mid-1980's when the United States offered an amnesty for Mexicans who had been working on the American side of the border. The houses here have been empty so long they have begun falling down anyway.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an interesting situation but I doubt razing abandon buildings will affect the flow through the city. The city is but a point for starting a journey for those without ticket who will continue to enter via Las Chepas with or without a building to hide in.

9/20/2005 11:16 PM  

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