‘Mexodus’: Student journalists chronicle border issues

A bilingual student reporting project spotlights the flight of middle-class Mexican families, professionals and businesses from the violence of drug cartels.

Dominican Sisters Rene Weeks and Maureen Gallagher. CNS photo/Diana Parra, Borderzine

Mexodus” includes videos, slideshows, photos, info graphics, charts and 20 stories — including the tale of Dominican nuns from El Paso, Texas, who regularly cross the border to Ciudad Juarez to help poor families. Another tells how Catholic schools in the Diocese of El Paso are helping students fleeing Juarez.

The project was produced by nearly 100 student journalists from four universities: University of Texas El Paso, California State University Northridge, and Tecnologico de Monterrey in Chihuahua and Mexico City.

“Mexodus” is a project of Borderzine, a web community for Latino student journalists. Among its features is the tale of a crumbling mission chapel in the Diocese of El Paso.

One Response

  1. I have lived near the Mexican border for many years. I have often
    traveled there to enjoy their food and culture. I have lived and worked with many Mexicans who came here to live and work. It has been a wonderful experience until recently. Their numbers and influence are
    being felt more each day – and the numbers are increasing. I now wonder how long the North American (U.S.) culture will last because
    a major transformation is happening,

    History shows that the U.S.(language, culture, ethic, etc.,) was formed by immagrants mostly from Western Europe.

    I have seen reports that the United States as we know it today will
    be changed dramatically by 2050. This is unfortunate because my ancestors fought and died for the country that I know and love. I hope the change is for the better, but have serious reservations.

    I notice bi-cultural languages are used in the schools and the
    standards are dropping. That was not the case when I was schooled.
    The priests, brothers and nuns demanded high standards. It was a
    high honor to join the U.S. military to defend our country then. It appears to be optional now.

    It is interesting to note that there are now no religious educators where I was taught.

    Is it adios les estades unidos?

    Just a thought.

    -0-

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