Shoelaces: A Nurse’s View of Immigration Along the Southern New Mexico Border

Wendy Cohan
3 min readJul 16, 2019

Along the southern New Mexico border, there is no logistically-feasible option for moving through the asylum process as it is currently being enforced — especially when traveling with small children. When immigrant families travel north to cross the border they are met with a wall of resistance — so they cross rivers, or go under or over walls, and let themselves be picked up by border patrol. It must be a frightening experience, and it shouldn’t have to happen this way, but it’s the reality right now for people on both…

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Wendy Cohan

Author of character-driven women's fiction, short stories, and essays. Her contemporary romance, The Renaissance Sisters, debuted May 23, 2023.