Thursday, June 10, 2010
El Paso and the Border
My city (I'm a military dependent transplant) is wonderful. Our sister city of Cd. Juarez Mexico is amazing with wonderful, hardworking, beautiful people. The cat and mouse game of border crossing has gone on since the border was established, but for various reasons it has become very violent. As a teenager in El Paso it was a right of passage to go to J-town and raise a little hell. Can't do that anymore because you could easily die, just standing on a street corner. Never fear though, teenagers still go, afterall they are immortal. That was always my worry at the high school level of teaching, was everyone going to come in on Monday.
I used to live about a mile from where the shooting happened and I have actually seen Border Patrol agents chase people, on foot, down I-10 East. I'm very torn about the issues here. Do I believe we have a right to secure our borders? Do I think people have a right to come to America for a better life? Is this an unwinnable situation? These questions are rhetorical.
Here is what I KNOW: we have, between the two cities, over two million people who are for the most part good, honest people who just want a little slice of a good, solid life and to celebrate the goodness that is life. So I just want to emphasize how much I love this goofy, wacky, gorgeous part of the globe and wouldn't want to be anywhere else, but we are all apprehensive and more than a little sad.
Beading will be back tomorrow!
Peace to all and love to everyone!