Friday, March 24, 2006 | “For long before there were borders, there were crossers. We are the proud sons and daughters of these crossers, and we hold that crossing is a basic human right.”
Thus reads the Keep on Crossin’ Manifesto.
Keep on Crossin’ is hard to define. It’s not really a political movement, nor is it really an organization. Indeed, Keep on Crossin’ is more of a spoof on a movement, or even a spoof on an organization. But it does have a mascot. And an iron-on patch. And a Web site. And a manifesto.
Let me try to explain.
Visual artist Perry Vasquez and writer and film producer Victor Payan, the duo behind Keep on Crossin’, have stated on the record that they do not support illegal immigration. That’s a bit hard to swallow considering the wording of their manifesto, and their patch, which depicts a traditionally garbed Mexican striding across the Mexico-US border with a grin on his face.
Together, Payan and Vasquez have found a calling in provoking reaction.