The Unrepentant Individual

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April 15, 2007

Is This Covered Under NAFTA?

Both teams at home in US-Mexico border volleyball

It was never like this at the Olympics.

U.S. and Mexican volleyball teams faced off over the rusted border fence in southern Arizona on Saturday and played as part of a binational goodwill festival.

The scene offered a festive contrast from the usual tensions surrounding the U.S.-Mexican border. Illegal immigration from Mexico and border security have become a potent political issue in both the United States and Mexico.

The game was the centrepiece of a party held occasionally on the border since 1979 by residents of the town of Naco, Arizona, and its namesake in the Mexican state of Sonora.

“For us, it represents the celebration of the union of two countries,” said Jose Lorenzo Villegas, the mayor of Naco, Mexico, as U.S. and Mexican youngsters tapped the ball across a net set up on the dusty international line.

“What’s unusual is that both the Mexican and U.S. teams are playing at home, with the fence as the net,” he added.

Thank god for NAFTA… I’m sure the import/export duties on that volleyball would have racked up quickly!

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