Explanations, Immigration

My Birthday Wish: No More Deaths

Facebook has this cool Causes application that allows you to raise money for your favorite cause by soliciting donations for your birthday;  I did it once a couple of years back (when I was more social, haha) and was surprised to accumulate about $95 for my cause.  I’m doing it again this year for the same cause, No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes which provides direct aid in the desert for migrants crossing the borderlands on foot.  I used to do the summer patrols in Southern AZ and encountered numerous migrants before I met DH so I was very surprised when he told me that’s how he and his family came into the U.S.

I figured he’s white so he must have had a visa and overstayed.  I was wrong.  It scares me to think how easily they could have been hurt or gotten lost like many people do.  DH’s mom began to worry about how little water they had and they fell behind the main group.  Their coyote left them, he wasn’t much help anyway and they suspected he had very little experience crossing the desert.  Still, he could have threatened them or hurt them but he didn’t.  He did leave them, which is a death sentence for countless migrants whose bodies are later found by No More Deaths volunteers.

So DH’s family decided to find the main road and flag down help.  They were found by a border patrol agent who assumed they were having car problems and didn’t suspect they had just crossed the border on foot.  DH’s dad told the agent the whole story; the agent took them into custody and they were later released (after a lot of legal maneuvering) to pursue an asylum case.  Isn’t it strange how life works out?

Anyway, I wanted to hit you up for money for my birthday.  Will you please donate to No More Deaths? Thank you.

At a migrant center set up to service those who are just deported to Mexico.
underfunded

Please share this post.  Thanks again.

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