Crossing the Line : Walking the United States - Mexico Border Crossing Checkpoints

Laura Kim Meckling

Abstract


In June 2018, I utilized the privilege of my United States citizenship to walk across forty-four legal points of exit and entry between the United States of America and the United Mexican States. I was successfully processed through thirty-nine US Customs and Border Patrol Stations, placed only once in what is referred to as secondary holding, where you are asked additional questions about your purpose and have your photographs examined and critiqued. The gesture of systematically crossing the border, one by one, out and in, investigates the parameters of freedom for one individual, as border lines are being crossed, simply to be crossed. I walk across boundaries to engage with conditions of division, in an attempt to understand, and navigate, the physical and psychological structures of borders that govern our freedoms, and to highlight what is at stake for those who cannot freely move from here to there, or there to here, wherever they may be.


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