Social media is an incredibly powerful tool.
It allows us to stay connected with people for years after seeing them, something many of us may have noticed is that as we have gotten older we have formed our own opinion and so have our friend’s.
As everyone starts form their own opinions there are often things that your friends believe that you or I may disagree with.
In a world that has become so polarized by political parties there is still one thing that unites us all and that is our humanity.
I always like to stay open to other people’s opinions and try to keep friendships with people, regardless of where they lie in the political spectrum.
Lately though, it feels like choosing sides has made certain people lose part of their humanity, especially with the situation going on in our city.
Here in El Paso hundreds of people are coming in every day seeking asylum. These people are not scary criminals like some would like to portray them.They have families, and children, men and women are scared for their lives and risked everything to be here.
In early March, border patrol agents apprehended over 700 migrants at our border. Of those 700 people, most where families with children and among them were two individuals who were convicted sex offenders.
Two out of 700, that’s less than .3%, yet people still site this story as a reason to paint all these people in a bad picture.
As March was coming to an end the city of El Paso got the world’s attention when these families were being put under the Paso Del Norte Bridge that connects us to Juarez.
These families stayed behind fences and barbed wire for four to five days in conditions my own friends said reminded them if internment camps. Children slept on gravel with mylar blankets as their source of warmth and comfort.
On the last Saturday of the month I went to the border, camera in hand trying to get a glimpse on what they are going through.
My group met up with others that where hoping to find them and speak to them and attempt to offer donations.
By the time we got there border patrol had closed off the area and stopped us from coming any closer.
The following day it was announced that that the families that were staying under the Paso Del Norte bridge have now been moved to a different facilities.Unfortunately, we don’t know where they are and what conditions they are living under.
However, we can only assume that it’s better than where they were at before.
The story isn’t over just yet.The influx of migrants doesn’t seem like it’s going to be ending anytime soon and during times like this we need to remember how this country was founded. We are a county of immigrants. The United States is a country made by people just like the ones under that bridge.
It is inscribed on the statue of liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
These huddled masses are here, they are coming, they are cold and tired.We need to open up out humanity, put parties aside and help them.