NY Daily News
September 10, 2012
La Caminata is intended to show how difficult and dangerous illegal border crossing can be, organizers say.
A “coyote” in a ski mask barks orders: “We have to cross! We’ll go in groups of three. Let’s go!”
A small group runs down a desert road. Sirens begin to blare, so they veer off the road and down a rocky hill.
There’s a shout of “This is immigration!” and agents tackle a man to the ground. The others hide in the shadows.
“They found him,” a boy says sadly. “Immigration.”
Alberto, Mexico, sits about 700 miles from the U.S. border. Illegal immigration turned it into what one resident called a “ghost town,” but now, ironically, a simulation of the clandestine border-crossing experience is revitalizing it.
About 100 Alberto residents play parts in La Caminata. Some act as “coyotes” shepherding illegal immigrants to the U.S., while others portray immigration agents.
This article was posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am
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