Monday, January 26, 2009

A Little Bit of History.

For my first blog entry I thought since I will be talking about people who have immigrated to America from different parts of the world, it would be important to know a little bit about our own border between Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, and a some of the history behind it. 

In 1882, the city of Nogales, 60 miles south of Tucson, was officially founded to promote trade between Mexico and the United States. Nogales, which takes the name of the Spanish word for "walnut," now has a population of more than 20,000 residents.  It is Arizona's largest and most popular international border town.  

Of all the U.S.-Mexico border points, the Arizona-Sonora border is the most heavily crossed for those who come over into the United States without authorization.  The Arizona-Sonora border runs from the western Chihuahuan Desert near New Mexico all the way to the Sonoran Desert west of Nogales.  Among this far stretch of land, there are six entry locations, and between each entry point exists a border fence that tries to keep people from crossing the border.  

This is only a small amount of history about Arizona and Nogales border.  Every week, the blogs I write are going to focus on different people from various parts of the world who have immigrated to America.  Read each week to know what their feelings are about living in America, and what they have to say about our border issues between Arizona and Mexico.  


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Hello, my name is Ashley Griffin and I am a journalism senior at the University of Arizona. Join me each week as I share the stories of different indiviuals who have crossed over the American border for a new life here. I will share their struggles, accomplishments, and their cultural feelings with living in America. I will also talk about how their life has changed now that they have left their previous country to live in America. More to follow!