Although today was the coldest day so far it was also one of the most informative. We visited with a Border Patrol agent at the US-Mexico border in New Mexico in the morning and learned that the El Paso sector of the border is the only sector with both a land and water border. The fence seen here actually used to be a chain link fence up until less than a year ago when construction finished. Being a Border Patrol agent can also be dangerous, as some of the people encountered at the border could have weapons or guns or could be terrorists crossing into the US from Mexico. We then met with sisters from Casa Verdes, a branch of Annunciation House. Annunciation provides a place for homeless migrants to stay, for asylum seekers to use as a middle ground until they can join their sponsor in the US or to stay in until their hearing date if they are sick or pregnant, and for persons from Mexico to collect social security benefits from a deceased family member who was a US citizen (Mexico is the only country in the world where the check isn't sent to the family and a member has to either come to the border every month to collect the check or has to stay in the US for 1 month every 6 months; these can cost more in travel and lodging than what the check is worth, so Annunciation helps them out). We also met with an immigration law firm - Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. - where we learned that it can take 30 years or longer for an immigrant to apply and receive a green card or citizenship if the do not have an immediate relative who is a US citizen petitioning for them. Furthermore, only 5% of people seeking asylum in El Paso are granted it whereas in New York City 84% of applicants gain asylum. Asylum seekers are also placed into detention centers until their court date (which can be months to years) if they do not have a sponsor and are treated as though they committed a crime, even though asking for asylum does not break any laws. Finally, we ate lunch at @cafemayapan and helped the children at the after-school program at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey with their homework.
I suppose when one has gotten away with a crime long enough, we are to give leniency? On the flip side of that coin, he seemingly doesn't have a criminal record and he's been trying to fix it. I'm not saying "give him a pass," but, like, can we focus on the actual bad guys? Although the treasury dept would have you think otherwise.....our money not infinite. #2018#america#divided#immigration#buildthewall#🤷🏽♂️
Make sure to watch the video below of Long Beach Daca recipients.
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