Ummm, about that wall.

Embarrassed I didn’t see this before and thankful to a dedicated volunteer with El Paso’s migrant community for pointing it out. If that wall ever gets built, it won’t be where people think. And it won’t address the refugee crisis. This article was just published in the Chatham County Line. I’m posting the full text in Spanish and English here. As always, thanks to Luis Melodelgado for his excellent translation. Thanks also to Julian Sereno. This issue of the Chatham County Line is his last as owner. Decades ago, Julian envisioned a bilingual column for this local paper. His dedication to the column helped lay the groundwork for the support Chatham County shows toward our immigrant neighbors.

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Hard to Believe There's Still Talk about a Border Wall / Efectos del muro en la migración

I wrote this a little while back, but at this rate, I may be re-posting the article annually. It’s hard to believe because researchers have known for decades a border wall with Mexico will not keep people out. If anything, our current system of border security tends to keep people in . This article published in Chatham County Line explains the unexpected consequences of building a wall. Be sure to check out the Spanish language version courtesy of Luis Melodelgado's skillful translation!

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Register for May 2019: Understanding Latino Migration

1 course, 3 weeks, 3 credits. What causes Latin American citizens to emigrate to the United States without a visa? How do people undertake the journey? And what does all this mean for North Carolina communities? This class is scheduled to accommodate working students. Special consideration given to public servants and advocates working with Latino communities or thinking of doing so.

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Where's Walker? / ¿ Dónde está Walker?

I am flummoxed. It’s election season here in the United States, and I asked the two candidates running for US congress in my home district for their position on immigration. I got my answers….sort of. Thanks to Luis Melodelgado for the Spanish language version.

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Nora Haenn