A San Diego Artist and Boutique owner has designed and is now distributing special shoes to assist illegal immigrants in their entry to the United
States of America from Mexico. The shoes consist of a mini survival kit which enables illegal immigrants to cross the U.S./Mexico border at night
through the use of such items as flashlights, maps and compass.
They are red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag. On the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico’s patron saint of migrants.
On this side of the border, the shoes sit in art collections or the closets of well-heeled sneaker cognoscenti. On the other side, in Tijuana, it’s
a utilitarian affair: Immigrants to be are happy to have the sturdy, light-weight shoes for the hike — or dash — into the United States.
Their designer is Judi Werthein, an Argentine artist who moved to New York in 1997 — legally, she notes.
On recent evening in Tijuana, after giving away 50 pairs at a migrant shelter, Werthein waved the insole and pointed to Interstate 8, the main road
between San Diego and Phoenix.
“This blue line is where you want to go,” Werthein, 38, said in Spanish.
“Good luck! You’re all very courageous,” she told the cheering crowd of about 50 men huddled in a recreation room after dinner.
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Frankly I am shocked that this kind of activity would be allowed, at best it could qualify as aiding and abetting a criminal act, at worst,
contributing to terrorism. It is bad enough that the U.S. and other countries have to deal with the influx of, frankly, unwanted peoples in their
homelands, but to have people publicly assist the crime of illegal immigration and seek positive public recognition for their actions as an "art
project" is insane. The press is bound to cover the issue as a 'pop culture' issue, yet the press condemns the actions of loyalist American citizens
when they attempt to support the efforts of the unsupported U.S. Border Patrol.
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