Students, Friends, and Colleagues:
Here are few items related to the #HumanitarianCrisis taking place right now at the U.S.-Mexico border.
First, you must listen to this first-hand account (in Spanish) of an Indigenous woman who was jailed for four days as she tried crossing the border recently in Nogales, Arizona. She offers an eye witness account of the horrific violence and abuse that is taking place there currently.
Listen on-line on Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/y9qttc73
This must-listen-to eye-witness account, cries desperately for justice.
|Children being escorted to make phone calls in a temporary Border Patrol holding center. Ross D. Franklin/Getty|
Second, read this shocking report by the ACLU. It has been a reign of terror for much too long already and this human tragedy is only growing. The report examines 4,600 pages of records, documenting "shocking" amounts of child abuse (their words). You know things are bad for these migrants when "Nicaragua, which is one of the poorest countries on earth, is receiving asylum seekers from Central America."
Third, also do read this 2014 piece titled, 14 facts that help explain America's child-migrant crisis. I repeat, 2014. We have had this problem for some time now and we need as a country to have a deeper understanding of it in order to address is properly.
Fourth, I ask you, my friends, to join with Armando F. Sanchez who is calling on all of us to call Washington unceasingly and let the children free. Let's all chant,
"Washington, Free the Children!" "Washington, Free the Children!"
The Greatest in the Kingdom (Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-50)
We are judged not only as individuals, but as nations, my friends. Let's bring this reign of terror to its knees.
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