Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Sign of the Times: Fourth Graders Use Video Game to Stay in Touch with Deported Friend

The L.A. Times reports on a story that reveals much about how immigration enforcement today touches all of American society.  A group of Berkeley 4th graders came up with a virtual way to be with their deported friend.  Kyle Kuwahara and Jude Kratzer use the video game Minecraft to stay in touch with classmate Rodrigo Guzman, 10, who was deported along with his family to Mexico. 

Worried that they'd lose touch with Rodrigo and that he'd lose hope in the family's efforts to return, Kyle and his brother Scott turned to Minecraft. With the ability to create virtual worlds in Minecraft, the students  created a haven for themselves and Rodrigo. 

Rodrigo Guzman had lived with his family in Berkeley, Calfornia before being deported to Mexico.



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