The trip to the Texas Border last March changed my perspective. I knew from reading and watching the news that the US Immigration System is broken. It seems both sides of the aisle are not doing what is best for the immigrants or citizens – both seem to be using immigrants for political gain. I have huge problems with that. They don’t seem to remember that we are talking about people, human beings, who think, feel, act, and relate. Our immigration system is broken and has been for a very long time.
My trip to the Border last March really opened my eyes. I heard from two border patrol agents how they have PTSD from the things they’ve seen. They are human with feelings and emotions. I heard the story of a young couple’s traumatic journey through the Darién Gap. I saw respite centers gently and lovingly providing for migrants. I saw the City of Brownsville do all it could to help migrants alongside non-profits and churches. I now have a more informed view of immigration that has given me greater compassion for migrants, border patrol, and nonprofit workers.
Associate Pastor of Community Engagement
Woodland Church, San Antonio