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Watch the video below for highlights of the latest trip to the Border with Abriendo Fronteras-Opening Borders October 2019
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Excerpt from the October, 2019 trip to the border by the Rev. Paula Mehmel.
...Today they said ninety eight percent of the people they apprehend are coming from Central America, largely families with children and unaccompanied minors. Among them are individuals who are refugees from the climate change crisis because the farms that have been in their families for five or six generations are dry and barren due to drought conditions. Many are also fleeing concerns because of gang violence or threats from corrupt governments or police. Often there are mothers with daughters who they fear will be raped and taken as sex slaves for the gang or unaccompanied young boys who either flee or are forced to join the gang.
These guards assured us that they are human beings who want to be kind to those they stop, even as they enforce the rule of law. They donate clothing their children have outgrown or that they no longer use to provide warmth to those who arrive after the long walk ill prepared for the weather and freezing.
The agents shared how the changes in the job have had a profound effect on them. In the past, they used to simply process people, but now, they spend a good 75 percent off their job in the hospitals, transporting sick kids, taking care of people who are in a desperate situation. In 2018 they processed 32,000 people and this year, that number has ballooned to 180,000--many who are families with children who present themselves for asylum... Read More
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Abriendo Fronteras--Opening Borders organizes trips to the United States Mexico border at El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Our border partners live, work, and know life on the United States Mexico border. They are experts in their fields and know what they are doing. They are there to help you see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears what is happening as two countries meet.
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Our Mission: Cultivating peace and justice by creating opportunities for building relationships of mutual respect and dignity.
A group of concerned friends got together in 2003 with a common goal of sharing their experience of being on the border. They wanted others to see, hear, touch, and feel what it is like to live on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border.