“Checkpoints and Borders” sings of immigrant youth (with video)

(Texas Media Collective) – Undocumented immigrants aren’t faceless. Contrary to right-wing myths, you’ll find them not only harvesting American harvests, but also hard at work in our schools and colleges, serving in the military, bagging groceries, and creating computer software.

Nor are they voiceless. They have many concerns, but a common theme is love of country and a desire to remain in their adopted home.

Alvaro Che of Houston has created a song, “Checkpoints and Borders,” about those who refuse to keep silent. He voices the fears of young people who are emotionally tied to the U.S., yet who are in danger of legal kidnapping by the government.

The Reverbnation page of his band, Liquid Casing, describes its sound as rock, eccentric free-style, and progressive.

Listen to Liquid Casing perform “Checkpoints and Borders” in this powerful video (see lyrics below the video):

Checkpoints and Borders

(lyrics provided by Alvaro Che)

Tired of Last Looks

and those fading memories

of everyone that I’ve left behind.

Tired of the shadow cast

by a mountain of tears.

crushing (down)

on those trapped beneath.

These Borders, they’re everywhere.

There is more to this life than fear.

Checkpoints to see where we belong.

“Can’t you see? I don’t belong.”

My skin said it all;

that border I just can’t cross.

These Borders, they don’t belong.

There is more to this life than fear.

I don’t belong, to anyone, anymore.

These Borders. They don’t belong.

Copyright © Liquid Casing.  All rights reserved.

Photo: Courtesy of Liquid Casing


Kelly Sinclair
Kelly Sinclair

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Kelly Sinclair is a singer-songwriter who branched out into prose with the publication of her first novel, "Accidental Rebels." Five of her books (Accidental Rebels, Lesser Prophets, If the Wind Were a Woman, In the Now, Roberta's Fire) appeared with Blue Feather Books before that publisher's demise. In 2015, she returns to print/ebook with her new crime noir novel, "Getting Back," with Regal Crest Books. Also, her Lambda Literary Awards finalist effort, "In the Now," will return to print with science-fiction publisher Lethe Press. In addition to her writing for People's World, she's also an audio reviewer for Library Journal. As a singer-songwriter, she's written for herself (Alive in Soulville) as well as others. Her rock musical, "Clarity," is available for free via Soundcloud. She's also a computer artist. She currently lives in central Texas. She can be found at asebomedia.net as well as via email.