11 December 2012
“Help me, please!”
There are many problems addressing unattended minors crossing the U.S. borders illegally; but one of the problems that is most suggested is, poverty. Poverty is being extremely poor. “Children ranging from 14 to 17 and at times even younger are crossing the border unattended.” (Koppel) At such a young age, those children are willing to go through the journey even though there are setbacks they have to face and dangers that can come their way. “The U.S. is experiencing the largest wave of immigration in its history, a level of new comers that is once again transforming the country. Each year, an estimated 700,000 enter the U.S. illegally. Since 2000, nearly a million additional immigrants annually, on average, have arrived legally, or become legal residents.” (Nazario Enrique’s Journey xiii) This point out those children from the other side of the border is keep coming. Also, it points out that no one is doing anything to stop it. With the Mexican Law to be blamed, the children are able to get help from smugglers hired by family members; and the children coming in are not stopping. The numbers continue to increase.” (Koppel) The Mexican law is being blamed for the unattended minors because they do not know how to control their people from crossing. Also, with the new law, it seems to help the smugglers more rather than stopping the smugglers take children across the border for money. Basically, the Mexican Law is encouraging the smugglers to do more illegal work of smuggling. One of the main causes of unattended minors crossing the U.S. borders illegally is that they are not able to use their own natural resources, such as necessities of theirs from their homeland so they go to other countries to find it and they don’t feel like the minors are being protected. “434 million people suffered from malnutrition; today, 854 million people.” (The End of Poverty) Such statistics points out that millions of people go hungry for such a long time; which results to people moving from that place to another to find what they did not have back then to have now. “Many of the children are escaping gang violence and poverty and seek to reunite with parents who are in the U.S.” (Koppel) Having the feeling of having no protection, minors finds the need to move just to get that safe feeling because they know that they can’t achieve that where at. Also, it is a way for them to maybe get out of poverty because they are already in poverty and want to get out. With poverty, it causes parents to leave their children behind; resulting to minors going through the journey of finding their parents to gain back what the parents left. Having no access to a thing such as health needs, more than 22 million infants are not protected from disease by routine immunization and 2 million children under the age of 15 are living with poverty. (Shah) With not having to provide for their health needs, the number of the dead rises; coming from mostly minors and children alike, because they are the ones who needs someone’s help to provide for them. When they are, past that age, they go through the journey of going to another country to get those needs they were not able to get when they were small. I would say they are even lucky to be able to survive unlike the other children that did not. It saddens to see and hear the news of children having to go off on their own just to fulfill their needs. With minors going to the U.S. illegally, border patrols have to detain those children that were caught and await court. The children are put in shelters while waiting for court. “In one shelter at an Air Force base in San Antonio, about 200 children live in a squat, brown military barrack, sleeping on cots.” (Koppel) With the minors going to shelters are increasing, they are put in places where they know it is way better than what they had; but for the people organizing it,...
...BorderCrossing – Pat Barker
Does Danny see Tom or himself as the devil? Explain
Danny see’s himself as the devil because he feels that he has ruined Tom’s life through their latest meeting.
How does Tom feel about Danny at this stage?
Tom feels curious and worried about Danny and wants to know how life has been for him.
Do you agree with Tom’s fears that “people who remain childless never really grow up”?
I do not agree with Tom’s fear “people who remain childless never really grow up”. People who do not have children are not young or immature although having a child does make you more responsible.
Explain the last line
“Somewhere in the back of his mind, as he and Roddy parted, was the picture of a rope, fraying, one strand after another coming apart” could mean that Tom is imagining his marriage and seeing it slowly being torn apart, piece by piece.
Why does Danny have “more reason than most to cry”?
Danny has more reason than most to cry because his dad had walked out, and he knew that his mother was close to leaving. His friends were betraying him and he was most likely going to go to jail.
How is the intimacy that exists between Tom and Danny revealed?
The intimacy between Tom and Danny was revealed by Tom, when he was interviewing Danny to find out whether he is capable mentally, to enter adulthood, the same as everybody else and whether or not he would be capable...
...The U.S. is at risk from invasion through its northern border, a 4,000-mile stretch of mostly unattended territory in 12 states, with the confirmed presence of a number of terrorist and extremist groups in Canada, states a report from the Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. "The primary threat along the northern border is the potential for extremists and their conveyances to enter the U.S. undetected," the report maintains. "There is an undisputed presence in Canada of known terrorist affiliate and extremist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah and the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria."
While the U.S. and Canada proudly have boasted that the dividing line between the two nations is the longest undefended international border in the post-9/11 world (there even is an International Peace Garden straddling the boundary on the edge of North Dakota), concerns over the movement of terrorists and their weaponry into the U.S. have increased exponentially--especially since it was revealed that, even before the attack on Sept. 11, 2001, an Algerian-born operative for Osama bin Laden's network was caught crossing from Canada into Washington with a truck loaded with bomb-making materials, allegedly for use in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport.
The report notes terrorists could blend into the Canadian population since 90% of Canada's...
...Crossing the Border, Reaching the Light
An illegal immigrant is defined as anyone who migrates to a country for permanent residence without any form of identification. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States was estimated at 11.5 million in 2011, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Of these 11.5 million immigrants, 58 percent came from Mexico, 23 percent from other Latin America countries, 11 percent from Asia, and 8 percent from Africa, Europe, Canada and elsewhere. How do they get in the U.S.? Why do they want to be here? How do they get jobs in the U.S.? Should all of these people be deported back to their native countries? Are illegal immigrants good or bad for the economy? There are several reasons why people want to immigrate to the U.S.
People immigrate to other countries for various reasons. Most come for reasons similar to those motivating legal immigrants, such as the desire for a better life, freedom of religion, and speech, a better job, reunifying with relatives, or escaping oppressive conditions at home. Some do not qualify to immigrate legally. They can be disqualified for a variety of reasons, such as criminal background, communicable diseases, and more. Some people do not wish to wait their turn. Some do it simply because it is easier than filling out the paperwork and doing the background checks. Most of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. are Mexican....
...Crossing Heaven’s Border
An international pariah or the “Hermit Kingdom”, these names have been used to describe North Korea (Jacob and Benzkofer 1). In North Korea, the leaders, and those that are considered to be upper class and loyal to the regime, dine on gourmet cuisine, expensive cigars, and other luxuries while 4 out of 5 children are suffering with malnutrition (Msnbc.com Staff 1). Their living conditions are unfathomable. The North Korea regime and its military make the decisions on when they eat, what they eat and how they live. Living in a dictatorship like North Korea, you are not allowed to have your own thoughts, or enjoy simple freedoms. If people dare to disobey they will be forced to live in prison camps or can even be put to death.
Crossing Heaven’s Border is a film about hope, courage and the risks that the North Korean people will take to gain freedom. To gain freedom, they must cross into China and then make over a 3,000 mile trek to South Korea. Over ten months, three reporters from South Korea's largest newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, tells us the stories about how people are escaping, leaving the country for a better life. The video shows us what the reporters had to do to make this video and travels with two girls, a little boy and a group as they escape through their process. These people are terrified that they will get caught but will risk everything to have a better life. If they get...
...Case 3 CrossingBorders
1. What competencies are appropriate to ensure greater effectiveness of U.S. employees operating in a maquiladora or other non-U.S. organization?
The competencies appropriate to ensure greater effectiveness of U.S. employees operating in maquiladora, or other non-U.S. organizations, are as follows:
· The ability to understand the need for an environmental scan, and interpret what the environmental scan highlights, before reaching their work destination. This can help to better prepare employees entering a new culture, revealing to them what they might have to expect. This can also be said for conducting and interpreting demographic research.
· Employees should arm themselves with cultural intelligence, (they must undergo training and orientation of the foreign culture). This will give them a better understanding of the local population and in turn assist in allowing effective communication with them.
· Employees must possess a global mind-set, (the ability to develop and interpret criteria for business performance that are not dependent on the assumptions of a single country, culture or context and to implement those criteria appropriately in different countries, cultures and contexts).
· Employees must be able to balance the needs for global consistency and local responsiveness. Employees must be able to show sensitivity to the culture in which they are...
...Pat Barker author of BorderCrossings uses a variety of literary techniques to enhance the readers understanding of child criminals and how society deals with these children. Barker utilises the techniques of flashbacks and dialogue to illustrate that morals can change, while the use of minor characters explores the idea that children criminals are victims of circumstance, while dialogue and juxtaposition exposes the subjectivity of truth.
Barker’s effective use of flashbacks and dialogue explores the idea of morality, morals people have, morals which when under circumstance can change. Upon meeting Danny as an adult Barker immediately uses a flashback to take us to Toms meeting with Danny as a child, the meeting after which Tom concludes that Danny is in denial, believing in his own innocence. We then see Tom as a child taking part in an activity which if under different circumstances could have put Tom in Danny’s position, a child criminal, like Danny, Tom denies himself the truth, “it started as a joke. A cruel joke, yes, but still a joke. Whose idea was it to put frog spawn into Neil’s wellies? He couldn’t remember. Jeff’s he thought, but then he needed to think that.”(Page 63) Both children were put in a position where they were afraid; due to this fear they protected themselves by committing an immoral act. However there were different circumstances in which Tom was saved and his act, forgotten. He is seen as innocent, the...
“CrossingBorder” is a documentary about four Moroccan and four American university students traveling together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “the other,” they end up discovering themselves as well. Watching this documentary open my mind of the people around me and how people do judge other people based on their beliefs and background without even knowing who they are, and to be honest I used to be one those people as well. In the beginning of the documentary, the American students were talking about the news and how it made them think at first that Muslims were terrorists and irrational and are always full of rage. When I heard that part I was not surprised especially watching the news after September 11. While on the other side, the Muslim students describe the Americas as rude and selfish and only care about themselves, which I never really thought about what Muslims really think about America, but none of the sides actually experience what it feels like to in the other person position. Before watching this movie, I never really imagined how it feels like to be a Muslim not living in the United States and how they are also affected as well as Muslim living in America. I thought that was a great idea bring people from different backgrounds and culture together and talk to each other about the stereotypes they hear. My youth group did a similar project so I can relate...
...Year 11 English Unit 1 Outcome 1 - Reading and Responding
BorderCrossing (text response essay)
This outcome is to be completed in class in one lesson. It is your responsibility to hand in all work to your teacher at the end of the lesson. You may bring in the following only:
* Plastic pocket, dictionary, pens. Paper will be supplied for you. One page of hand-written, single side notes may be brought into the classroom.
Length: 600 to 800 words. Date: Week beginning May 13th.
* Task: Develop a text response essay, responding to one of the following prompts * You must refer to the text studied in class (BorderCrossing), either through references and/or quotes * You will be given the choice of only two of the following prompts on the day of the SAC |
* BorderCrossing shows us how difficult it is to escape the consequences of our actions. Discuss.
* People like Danny commit crimes because of the unfair society they live in. Do you agree?
* “You see the real question is: can people change?” How does BorderCrossing answer this question?
* Discuss the significance of the title of the novel, BorderCrossing.
CRITERIA | VH | H | M | L | VL |
1. Understanding of ideas, characters and themes. | | | | | |
2. Analysis of structures, features and conventions used to construct...