Luis Alberto Martinez Gomez © Marvin West, 2010

Sneaking north: an illegal immigrant returns to Mexico with honors

For some, illegal immigration is a simple equation, what you risk for what you get. Luis Alberto Martinez Gomez became an illegal immigrant four years ago. He was 16. “Everybody was on their way to the U.S.” He had shallow roots in Tepic, four years until his parents divorced. After that, his mother moved around. […]

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Jose Alonso Reynoso Meza with children from th San Quintin school in Nayarit © Edd Bissell, 2011

Mexico mid-term gradecard: Primary school in San Quintin Nayarit

Here is a gift for you, good news, a mid-term report from my favorite little Mexican school. Several years ago I told you about Edd Bissell, pharmacist from New Market, Tennessee, who retired to the high-rent district, Punta Pelicanos, in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, in the […]

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Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail

Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail By Kathryn Ferguson, Norma A. Price, and Ted Parks The University of Arizona Press, Tucson: 2010 Available from Amazon Books: Paperback Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail is a powerful book! Four thousand people — men, women, and children — over the past ten years have died […]

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Modern Mexico: Through the Eyes of Modern Mexicans

By “Mexico” Mike Nelson The University of Texas-Pan American Press Edinburg, Texas 2010 Available from Amazon Books: Paperback “Mexico” Mike Nelson writes a working-man prose, sturdy, usually direct, often repetitive, sometimes rambling… but usually interesting. I like his books and have found them useful, and I particularly like the “human touch” that is one of Mike’s […]

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