Monday, August 6, 2018

When and where hope is most needed

U.S border agents sometimes tell asylum seekers at U.S ports of entry that Customs and Border Protection lacks the personnel to process them today, tomorrow or even a week from now. This tactic is meant to discourage them from legally applying for asylum. But thanks to Glady Canas Aguilar, they have hope.

Since June, she and a group of others have come to the two main bridges which connect Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. They bring stranded immigrants everything they need to wait patiently, including umbrellas to block the sun, medicine, tacos, water and ice. She even brings baby food for mothers with infants. She visits vulnerable families who have fled violence and walked miles for sanctuary and safety in the United States. "By listening and chatting, they feel as if they're in their homes," she said. "They feel love and care from everyone," as they wait in line.

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