This program provides students the opportunity to understand lived realities of immigration in the United States. We begin the program in Phoenix, AZ by delving into the legal and administrative complexity of immigration while exploring the influence that local private businesses have on the economy and the region. We then travel to Tucson to experience a different side of the United States, working hand-in-hand with members of community schools in a peer exchange project. Through direct collaboration with families separated by the border between Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, México, we recognize how the strands of the American story are woven by a variety of people within and beyond our borders. We conclude the program by visiting the Arizona/Mexico border and engaging in meaningful conversations with local immigration agents.
This program is open to all students with a preference towards students who have a demonstrated interest in U.S. politics, history, and current events. All interested students are encouraged to apply by October 29. Financial aid is available for all trips with priority for students who have not previously received aid for a Deerfield trip.