The sun felt nice as we waited outside in the brisk air, unsure of whether or not we would be able to enter the factory. The first day of Team Mexico’s border immersion retreat brought us to the cities of Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico to visit a church and a “maquiladora” (or factory). We waited in the sun for about half an hour when we finally traded our IDs for a visitor’s badge and a hair net and then headed inside where a short middle-aged man greeted us once we made it through the doors.
|Visitor Badge #14|
|Team Mexico w/ hairnets|
Before this trip, I had only seen assembly lines on TV and had pictures of “I Love Lucy” in my head; the scene where Lucy and Ethel end up eating as much chocolate as they are wrapping. Unsurprisingly, the scene was much less comic when the workers are potentially faced with the real threat of job loss --for factory relocation or personal injury-- and poor pay.