A mock border checkpoint staged by the College’s Mission and Ministry Center to draw attention to strict immigration policies and the rights of individuals, in the U.S. and internationally, garnered national and local media coverage.
The website for ABC's Good Morning America features several photos of the unannounced border checkpoint simulation at Saint Mary's. The images on the GMA website were taken by Justin Sullivan, staff photographer for Getty Images, which distributes news photos internationally. The photos received widespread distribution and appeared on several other news sites, including the online news magazine Zimbio and the India Times.
KGO Radio interviewed several students about their ideas about the impromptu border, including senior Zachary Farley.
Mission and Ministry Center Director Marie Lawler spoke to KGO radio, Telemundo and Univision about the motivations for staging the event.
The checkpoint, complete with barricades and Mission and Ministry staff and volunteers dressed as checkpoint "officials," took place in front of the Chapel and De La Salle statue during community time, when pedestrian traffic is at its highest. Students, faculty, staff and visitors were asked to present an SMC ID card by checkpoint officials.
Those with IDs were directed through one section of the temporary border, while those without identification cards were redirected to another, longer path to get across the plaza.
Checkpoint volunteers provided informational handouts to all of the people who crossed the border. The handouts described the educational purpose of the activity and the Church's stance on immigration.
- KGO Radio: Suprise immigration checkpoint at Saint Mary's College
- Noticiero Telemundo 48: Operativo Sorpresa
- Univision, Noticias 14: Estudiantes en Moraga simulan situación en la frontera