Immigration (San Diego/Tijuana)
In the United States, discourse about immigration has been negatively impacted by the rhetoric prevalent in the media. Legislation has been shaped by misconceptions revolving around the history of immigration and the reasons for immigration. Using an intersectional lens and meaningful group reflection, we will deconstruct the common narratives to understand those of women, queer communities, and U.S. Veterans living along the San Diego and Tijuana border. We will do so in order to examine how each community turns to art as a form of expression, advocacy, and engagement. We will also explore how the terms “immigrant” and “foreigner” are constructed in the United States to determine acceptability and worthiness.We want to bridge students with communities where we can establish a model of learning, service, and reflection.
Break Leader BiosJacqui Vasquez
My name is Jacqui. I am a third-year, Economics major from Sonoma, CA, and I will be co-leading the San Diego/Tijuana trip. I was initially drawn to this trip as a participant because of my family’s history of migration from Mexico. After participating in the trip last year, I learned about the humbling power of community, and discovered parts of this country’s historical (and present) relationship with migration that I was never taught in school. I was also confronted with the apathy of regular citizens which implicitly condones marginalization and oppression in this country. This inspired me to become a break leader and continue this trip’s legacy of challenging popular narratives and misconceptions.Alfredo Figueroa
My name is Alfredo and I will be co-leading the San Diego/Tijuana Immigration trip. I am a Business major from San Francisco, CA. As the son of Immigrants, I was drawn to the Arizona trip because I wanted to understand how policy has an effect on the patterns of migration and how people react to it. When I was younger, hearing my mother and father’s stories about why they migrated to the United States left me conflicted. I refused to accept the superficial and simplistic explanations offered by textbooks and teachers. It is my hope, by co-facilitating the San Diego immigration decal, that we can challenge common narratives and build bridges with different communities.