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Fire in the CanyonReligion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream$
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Leah M. Sarat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814759370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814759370.001.0001

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The Night Hike

The Night Hike

(p.145) 7. The Night Hike
Fire in the Canyon

Leah Sarat

NYU Press

This chapter examines the vision and planning process behind the Caminata Nocturna, which began from a “Night Hike” in El Alberto as a response to the increased danger of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Using rigorous embodied action, the Caminata simulation of border crossing urges both tourists and the youth of El Alberto to set their sights not on the United States, but rather on the “Mexican Dream”—the dream of a future in which migration will no longer be a necessity. This chapter suggests that the Caminata does not only protest the trend of U.S. border militarization that has rendered undocumented passage increasingly difficult, but also unlocks the creative potential of the undocumented journey and channels it toward new ends. It argues that the Caminata humanizes migrants, whereas U.S. border enforcement policy objectifies them.

Keywords:   border crossing, tourists, Caminata Nocturna, El Alberto, U.S.-Mexico border, migration, border militarization, undocumented journey, migrants, border enforcement

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