Preserving the Truth
note: the contents referenced in this post are still being added to the Guide itself, so they can be connected to other resources.
One of the driving motivations for creating the Goshen Guide has been to catalog and curate existing information to make it more accessible for future inquiry and research. With the proposed ICE detention center bringing immigration law enforcement into the spotlight and threatening further polarization, my hope is that the Guide can be a community resource by gathering relevant current information into one place. By also connecting to previous information like the “Hispanics at Home?” series, readers might find a more nuanced picture of our current context, informed by broader perspectives like in the videos below.
After 25 years of growth, Latinos finding their place in the community
Elkhart County’ Latino population, rooted mainly in Mexico, has grown and grown. That’s no secret. In a three-part Elkhart Truth series, “Hispanics at Home?”, we looked beyond that, aiming for a sense of how connected Latinos feel here. I was a key reporter in the May 2016 package, digging into the data and interviewing 50-plus people. I wrote six stories (including the leads
in parts one and two), made two videos and did plenty of social media. Two favorite stories: “Undocumented status keeps some immigrants peering in from the outside,” May 21, 2016, and “Latinos live in parallel worlds,” May 14, 2016.
Mexican, American or both?
Representatives from Elkhart County’s Latino population reflect on their sentiments toward Mexico, where most in the community have their roots, and the United States.