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Transnationalism: How Moving Across Borders Affects Families
Transnationalism: How Moving Across Borders Affects Families

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AIR DATE: September 27, 2011

What happens when you cross borders and live between two different worlds?  That's what UNR professor Debbie Boehm explores in her work.  She's researched how the migration and deportation of Mexicans has affected their families and their communities in Mexico and America.  So how does continually crossing borders affect one's family, and one's sense of identity?  How does transnationalism in Nevada affect a person's psyche?  We talk with Debbie Boehm, a reporter who traveled with Guatemalan deportees, a law professor who studied kids whose parents were deported, and a woman fighting to keep her father from being deported.
 
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Debbie Boehm, Asst Anthropology Prof, UNR
Astrid Silva, activist and daughter of potential deportee
Nina Rabin, Associate Law Prof  and Dir of Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program, The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law

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It may cost 23000 to deport your dad, but it also costs mega bucks to provide health services for the illegals. My kids, (we're LEGAL permanent residents from Canada), have health care, and still pay $2000 to have a child here. Our illegal friend, paid $600!!
Wendy Sep 23, 2011 13:31:35 PM
My Family has being living in las Vegas for 16 years the challenges of not being legal are greater when your family is making the US their home and going back to Zacatecas Mexico wouldn't make us happy we don't have a house or a degree to go back and work we feel at home here in Las Vegas. My family is living in fear of one day some of my now undocumented family members could get deported. My younger sister who is a citizen just turn 21 years old this past February and she submitted the petition for my mother to get her green card. My mother just received her green card this past June and she is going to go to Mexico after 16 years of not being able to go for fear of not coming back. The american dream is greater than owning a home or have a good job. It is in my perspective the opportunity to acquire higher education to create a legacy of entrepreneurs and to enjoy a status of a middle class family that in Mexico my family wouldn't have.
Laura Villegas Sep 23, 2011 11:23:47 AM
Your guest's comments were aired to generate listener sympathy. In my opinion, your community college student is a rarity since many young Hispanics don't graduate from high school. Also, money transfer in Las Vegas is big business because so many Hispanics have family south of the border. I also know Hispanics that have been employed in Las Vegas for many years regularly visit family in their country of origin. They also bring their culture with them to Las Vegas, speak with reverence of their home country, and plan to return/retire there after they've earned enough money. Reliable sources have told me that English is seldom spoken at home, including school children. It's still a mystery to me as to why our government decided to allow children born here from foreign residents become instant citizens.
Malcomb BennettSep 23, 2011 10:53:06 AM
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