I ran across an absolutely fascinating project: the casa segura (safe house) project. Basically it’s a tiny structure in the desert that has food, water, and a specially-designed wireless internet terminal. From the above link:
Casa Segura proposes private property owners on the border to create a life-saving beacon in the desert, a platform for engaging with the anonymous individuals crossing their land in search of a better life, and a non-aggressive means of protecting their homes.
Inside the small solar-powered structure migrants can find water, some food and a touch screen. Drawing upon traveler graffiti, pictograms, and the Mexican tradition of ex-voto painting, migrants are invited to use the interface and share something about themselves and their journey with the homeowner and anyone who’s interested. Migrants can either draw, write messages, or make a pictogram from ready-made graphical icons.
The images and messages are uploaded to the bilingual Casa Segura website. The website functions also as an access point for resources about immigration issues and the borders of the southwestern United States.
The Casa Segura concept is a good jumping-off point for discussion about the immigration issue. It beats a Minuteman Project press release any day.
Personally, I am against illegal immigration, but I am in favor of saving the life of someone in the desert and learning a little bit about why they are there in the first place. I think that a lot of good — including more effective immigration control — can come from understanding the motivations and culture of illegal immigrants.
What do you think?
Learn more at: www.casasegura.us