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Marcelo picks nopales
Marcelo picks Nopales


In June of 1998, 17 year-old Marcelo Ayala prepared to leave his home in Michoacán, Mexico for the United States.

En junio de 1998, Marcelo Ayala se prepara para dejar su hogar en Michoacán, Mexico, hacia los Estados Unidos.

The border at Laredo, Texas
The border at Laredo, TX

Like his brothers before him, he found goodbyes painful, and made no mention of his plans to his family.

Como para sus hermanos para Marcelo la despedida fue muy dolorosa y nunca mencionó sus planes a su famila.

Over the past decade, thousands of Latinos seeking better possibilities have begun migrating to Midwestern states like Kentucky, with its low-paying jobs in the tobacco, manufacturing and horseracing industries. But as these Latino communities have swelled, so too has the xenophobia and discrimination facing them. Beyond the Border, with tenderness and beauty, follows the immigrant experience with Marcelo Ayala, who leaves his family on a risky journey to the United States. We begin to understand his decision to leave Mexico with the insights of his brothers, who before him, have each made the same journey. Horacio Ayala, has been in the US for a couple of years. He yearns to return to Mexico. Juan, the anchor of the brothers, has managed to realize his dream of a family and stable job in the United States, all the while missing the joy of being with his family in Mexico. Gonzalo, the oldest, has seen his life unravel, with broken marriages, jail time and a constant battle with alcoholism.

Beyond the Border rounds out immigration's effect on family in Marcelo's home town of Michoacan, Mexico. Marcial and Carmen, his parents, still toil for what little money they can earn in the depressed economy. The sisters Lupe and Carmen, would like to immigrate to the US, but have remained behind with their Mexican husbands. Finally, Elena, the youngest, dreams of an education, to gain income for the family.

This program illustrates we all have families somewhere, including, Beyond the Border.

Marcelo with Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus


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