[NetBehaviour] Trainers for border crossers
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Feb 21 18:57:30 CET 2006
Trainers for border crossers
Judi Werthein has designed a special "crossing trainer" to help illegal
immigrants cross the border from Mexico to the US.
The shoes are named Brincos for the Spanish verb "brincar," which means
"to jump" —as in, across the border. They includes a compass, a
flashlight because people cross at night. The pocket in the tongue hides
money or some Tylenol painkillers because many people get injured during
Illegal immigrants' primary mode of transportation is their feet. "If
they go through the sierra, they walk eight hours. Their feet get hurt.
There's a lot of stones and there are snakes, tarantulas. So that's why
it is a little boot," Werthein says. The Brinco is an ankle-high trainer
which is green, red, and white - the colors of the Mexican flag. An
Aztec eagle is embroidered on the heel. On the toe is the American eagle
found on the US quarter, to represent the American dream the migrants
are chasing. And on the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico's patron saint
of migrants. A map - printed on the shoe's removable insole - shows the
most popular illegal routes from Tijuana into San Diego.
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