The Border Patrol Tour will provide you an intimate look & interactive experience of the border. You will see first-hand the terrain,people, obstacles & challenges faced by both Border Patrol Agents & migrants.
Regardless of your political views or your opinion on current border issues, you’ll enjoyexploring the terrain, seeing the sights,learning about Border Patrol operations &directives including a site visit to their command center. The Border Patrol agents serving as your guides will fascinate you with their stories & give you the opportunity for one on one conversations answering any questions you may have of their job & the border.
Interaction opportunities with the people residing in the border communities of NM & TX. Learn about family life & how issues across the border impact them through host family stays. Open a cross-cultural dialogue with the participants of the Women’s Intercultural Center & the many nonprofits you will visit during your stay.
Participate in community activities hosted by the Center or our community partners. The exchange of dialogue between you, your peers & the community is insight into the complexity of living a border life. In the end you will put a face to the many issues you never understood from afar.
Learn how in 1853, the Gadsden Purchase changed the southern boundary of the U.S. making Anthony, NM one of the new towns that found its address & even its country changed.
Take a tour of the Segundo Barrio, the Ellis Island of Mexico as a majority of Mexican Americans can trace their roots to this historic neighborhood located in the heart of downtown El Paso, TX.
Visit Old Mesilla, one of the most historical locations in NM, to see what an 1800’s border town looked like.
There are many opportunities to explore the diverse culture & history of our Border Region & the complexities & partnership that exist because of it.
Additional experiences include: Official meetings; presentations, site visits; specialized tours with local, state, regional, national and international experts; home stay visits with local families; cultural Experiences; participation in center activities; Service learning projects; reflection; exploration, downtime and more...