We cross borders all the time. Crossing the border into Canada is relatively easy, as long as we have the proper identification. If you’re trying to cross from Mexico into the United States without documentation, it can be incredibly difficult and dangerous. The plight of the children fleeing the violence of Central America and the status of young adults who came here with their parents as small children and who have known no other world but America has raised important questions about the nation’s immigration laws. Many are asking whether they are fair and just and appropriate.
Then there’s the border dividing Detroit from its suburbs. While no one has to present their papers to cross the divide that 8 Mile Road symbolizes, in the minds of many Detroit and the Suburbs are two different worlds. In fact, crossing the border can be frightening for many – on both sides of the divide.
We cross borders every day of our lives as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of our world. The borders can be economic, cultural, religious, generational, ethnic, gender-related, or related to one’s sexual orientation. Reaching across these borders can be difficult.