More about Border Communities and Stonegarden Money. Previous thoughts at:
I woke up this morning, and got back to work about the conflict of Stonegarden Money. I found this April 11, 2019 article (at https://www.npr.org/2019/04/11/711907914/the-borderlands-not-the-u-s-not-mexico-a-transitional-land) about a rancher-writer named Hugh Fitzsimmons, and his experience with migrants in the “transition space.”
Mr. Fitzsimmons writes about migrants leaving their belongings on the road as they seek refuge — and I cried, remembering so many stories of when people fled with that which they considered the most prized, only to abandon it on the side of the road for looters.
From the article: “This isn’t the first time Fitzsimons has come across piles of discarded items left behind by migrants on his property. He said he’s even seen syringes among the debris.”
Thinking about the stories I have been hearing about the syringes that are found in various places due to alleged illegal drug use, Mr. Fitzsimmons provides another reason for syringes in the Desert: “Those syringes are for people who might go into some sort of renal failure from lack of water or dehydration,” he said. “Seeing those syringes, I think, made a greater impression on me than anything.”
We must beware of half truths, and misleading stories. We must question the truth, versus implicit bias.
What does Mr. Fitzsimmons want? He wants the government to “implement a guest worker program for migrants.” He considers that to be a real solution to the immigration issue.
From the article:
“That’s what I want to see a candidate talk about,” he said. “Let the good people in, keep the bad people out. How complicated is that?“
What a great idea! Sounds pretty simple, until we complicate it with policies, due to fear.
I think of the bravery of Arivacans like Clara Godfrey who stood up to the militia (who were making things worse in Arivaca).
I think of Mr. Fitzsimmons’ comment about bravery in the linked article, when asked if he gets nervous walking alone on his thousands of acres of ranch land, he joked, “I do, but my Colt-45 does not.“
I think about the perspectives from those who want the wall to be built, and the fear they attempt to infuse in the Nation about the situation here in Border Communities.
Do we need money to help fund our Deputies?
Does it need to be money to provide more funds for a situation that does not exist?
The money should come with the understanding that the agency accepting the funds will work together with the community how use the money –for example, technology means a lot — radios that can interact with City radios (in addition to Border Patrol) or “spy towers”. There is concern about the “spy towers”. Address those concerns.
If this is not the “way things work”, change the interpretation. Don’t rely on big money lawyers for the interpretation, rely on the smarts that we have. Return to common sense, humanity, empathy, and wisdom.
(1) There are various ways to implement programs.
(2) The Stonegarden money comes with strings — policies, in accordance to a mission statement — to keep Americans safe, able to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
(3) The implementation is up to us.
The beautiful thing is that America is the land of the free, the home of the brave, where the weary can come and seek refuge.
We can provide these opportunities, regardless of the leader at the higher level. The money is given to local law enforcement to provide services to the community.
I go back to the information I found with my original research — that this chunk of funds is for Technology and funding Deputies. We should be helping our Sheriff identify *how* that money will be spent, not *if* we should accept the funds.
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