Life on the Border During a Pandemic: Coronavirus’s Impact on North American Borders

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Pictured: Caravan of Love walk in support of immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2017. (Fibonacci Blue)

A panel of academic experts took to the new, socially-distanced podium—Zoom—to present the facts behind the painful, personal experiences affecting countless people around the globe faced with and detained by borders.

That means the small, predominantly black-owned businesses in Detroit near the Canadian border that have been deemed non-essential and whose futures are uncertain.

Or the people detained by ICE lacking basic human rights.

Hosted by Irasema Coronado—director of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University—the panel discussed coronavirus through the critical lens of transborder studies, focusing on North American borders and what the panelists perceive as gaping media holes.

The panelists conveyed the…

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