Between El Paso, TX and San Diego, CA, I learned a lot more about the border crisis than I would have simply consuming news in Denver, CO or New York, NY. Seeing first-hand who is helping migrant, legal refugees, and what they need can change how you believe in others. Seeing is believing; so what if there were an organization helping you report what you see and teaching you how to get hands-on in helping others? That’s my goal.
In an atmosphere of hate we must a lovely create not just the opposite, but a brand new world. For this 16-year-old migrant refugee to the US from Guatemala, that means knowing that people are on her side, and see her humanity, and, are willing to give to the cause of her legal aide in becoming a US veterinarian.
TL;DR: Background check your volunteers. Find people solely to be speaking with refugees, as a friend, on the regular. Combat the dangerous and hateful rhetoric being perpetrated by the Right-wing and the President. “Doing the most good,” doesnt look like enough.
Today, I was offered a ride from an off-duty Border Patrol agent. Naturally, I accepted and asked for an interview. Here’s the gist of the conversation; attribution redacted.
Are all runaways alone? And other questions I would ask the people of the Central American caravan in hopes of maybe getting a better understand myself as a chronically depressed and all-around isolated person.
Winsome, losesome. Friends, family, countrywomen. We all have our battles, what’s your battle music?