Please, stop allowing FEAR to make the decisions.
FEAR keeps us from thinking. We know that when we are having an adrenaline rush, our bodies are trying to survive, whether it be through FIGHT, FLIGHT, OR FREEZE.
STOP blaming parents. STOP seeing the Border Patrol as the enemy.
(1) Background: “A 3-year-old boy was all by himself in the middle of a cornfield on the Texas border when Border Patrol agents found him Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection officials said… ‘We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran when they encountered agents,’ the tweet says…”
(2) Better Headline “Pragmatic Parents Trying To Get To Safety, Understanding The Reality That They May Be Separated”: “The boy was crying, and had his name and phone numbers written on his shoes.” –> Leaving one area where you know there is no safety, and heading to someplace touted to have opportunity and a better life…
(3) Better Headline: Border Patrol Agents Keeping The Child Safe And Working To Re-Unite The Family: “The agency tweeted out an image indicating they were still trying to reach the child’s family.” –> Imagine already being in heightened sensitivity, approaching the scene, unsure if there is an ambush waiting for you. Is it possible that the family was nearby? The Border Patrol’s policies should incorporate the message from Lady Liberty:
In 1924, the Border Patrol was formed with a mission of “preventing terrorists and terrorists weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, from entering the United States.” Today’s mission has been updated to “the Border Patrol helps maintain borders that work – facilitating the flow of legal immigration and goods while preventing the illegal trafficking of people and contraband.“
Unfortunately, the Border Patrol has been nationally nicknamed “Murder Patrol“, as a woman opposed to the presence of the Border Patrol as guest speakers at the U of A on March 9 states that members of the Border Patrol have sent people off without shoes, and destroyed water containers.
History Repeating Itself.
This response is no different from times of the past when other groups have been vilified through images and words… through Fear. “Yellow Peril” was prevalent in the 1800’s, and the opioid crisis began then, with many Chinese becoming addicted to the drug. We forget about the work that the Chinese did on the Transcontinental Railroad. However, we can choose to let that anger brood within us, or we can forgive without forgetting.
Unfortunately, our history of vilifying others and divisiveness continues. Some history, and a story:
In the 1800s, there were stories in China of Gold Mountain, where the streets were lined with gold. You could walk down the street and find chunks of gold! So, Chinese men arrived in search of these treasures. Chinese women were not allowed (and later, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prohibited any Chinese from immigrating to America).
4 years ago, I was assaulted.
A camera truck had spotted a group carrying marijuana north bound. I and a few other agents broke up the group. They dropped the marijuana and ran away. The other agents took the drugs to the station for processing. I stayed behind because the camera truck spotted one of the group walking a mile away from me.
I caught up to the individual and he refused to obey my commands to stop. He turned around and the fight began.
I first hit him in the leg with my baton. He still wouldn’t listen to me as I told him to stop and sit down. I then hit him again in the leg. After that he came towards me and I hit him in the head with the baton.
He grabbed my baton. I then head butted him and kicked him in the groin. He still didn’t stop fighting.
It was a 6 minute fight for my life. I fired my pistol two times during the fight. In the end I had: 3 lacerations to my head which required 23 stitches and staples, a broken nose, broken finger, broken orbital socket and a dislocated jaw.
We try to not work alone in the field, but it’s not realistic. Ideally we always want to work in pairs. We just don’t have the man power for it.
The desert is so large back up is usually about 20 minutes away…at best.
Today, many oppose the entrance of undocumented migrants to the States. The reason? Fear (we are told they are all deadly gang members). Economics (we are told there is not enough to feed and house the migrants; we are told they are not paying taxes, and yet they are getting resources for free).
The reality is that there are people who seek to do harm to others, and it is neccessary to be prepared for those situations… hence, the Border Patrol. The problem is not with the Border Patrol; the problem is with the implementation.
We must do the right thing; we must not seek to control others as others may. We cannot submit to inhumane actions. Those who ordered those actions should be addressed and humane implementation processes should be clarified and ensured. If policies do not allow humane practices, those policies should be updated.
(1) All U.S. cities should be “Sanctuary Cities” which provide safety to all people who seek refuge and new opportunity.
(2) Law Enforcement should be provided with tools to ensure their safety. Here in Pima County, that means safety tools on the border. (Note: That does not mean a militia; it means trained law enforcement and safety officers).
(3) Elect leaders who are working to ensure the safety and security of all peoples in our communities, including ensuring that laws are upheld for safety, and ensuring laws serve each of us and all of us.
“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life. Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”