Mexico Under Siege is the title of a special feature from the Los Angeles Times about the ongoing drug war happening in Mexico. It’s a pretty impressive production.

We spent a little time there today in my Intermediate English class, and my Spanish-speaking students were particularly engaged by the interactive map which showed what was going on in the communities where their families had lived and, in many cases, still did so.

There was a lot of multicultural exchange going on. Last year, when leaders of the Hmong community were indicted here in Sacramento for planning a coup in Laos, non-Hmong English Language Learners in our classes were fascinated to learn about the Hmong stories. Today, non-Latino ELL students were equally as interested in learning about this Mexican crisis — from the online feature and from the Mexican immigrant students themselves.

I’ve placed the link on my website under Latin America.