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Day one in McAllen

Grant, John and I have just finished our first day volunteering in McAllen, Texas. It was inspiring, exhausting,  exhilarating, sobering, emotional and hopeful. We are so glad  and grateful to be here. We started at the McAllen Bus station where many migrants depart for the city where their asylum hearing will be.  These trips are […]

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Heroes

Yesterday and today we have been in the presence of true heroes. From early morning to well after dinner we saw volunteers work to meet the needs of the brave men, women and children trying to make a safer life for themselves in America. The volunteers we were privileged to help this week were all […]

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Reprise

When I travel to one of the bridges to meet migrants who are waiting to pass through to seek asylum, I am taken aback by some of the sobering stories that I hear from people who have traveled so far. It is through hearing theses stories that I find am able to grasp the severity […]

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Unbreakable

Brendon Tucker (“Tucker”) lives in a studio that he shares with “grandpa,” a 75 y.o. formerly-homeless immigrant. Grandpa sleeps in the only bed in their tiny apartment. Tucker sleeps on the floor. Everyday they prepare and transport meals across the border. Together, they feed people living in encampments on the Mexico side of a bridge […]

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Beyond the Headlines

Not surprisingly, there are a lot of news cameras down here. I’ve got really mixed feelings about them. On the one hand, there are so many stories that need telling. On the other, the stories that make the news don’t reflect what’s happening on the ground. Case in point: the General Mattis visit was a […]

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¡POR FIN!

At first, I was thrown by the big smiles on the faces of volunteers welcoming people arriving from the detention center. I was doing my best to choke back tears. How could they be so cheery? Then I realized that we were the first friendly faces these wearily travelers had seen in a very long […]

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LIKE A ROLLERCOASTER

I thought I knew what to expect. I did my research. I talked to people who have been here. I mentally prepared. Now I know that nothing nothing can prepare someone for this experience. My first 24 hours have been an emotional rollercoaster. On the one hand, I’ve met some of the most compassionate and […]

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