On the border

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Credit: Saulo Padilla/MCC

Last week I was privileged to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. We were in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico.

We heard from migrants who had been recently deported from the U.S. and also met with church members and others who are working to create sustainable livelihoods so that people don’t feel that migration is their only alternative. We also drank some great coffee at Cafe Justo, a grower-owned coffee cooperative.

There are so many paradoxes in the borderlands, including the warm hospitality extended to us by so many in the midst of walls, militarization and “security.”

While many members of the U.S. Congress continue to focus on further militarizing the border, residents told us about how they used to be able to cross back and forth as kids, crossing over to play a game of soccer with kids on the other side. A tall metal fence or a shared game of soccer–which one makes for true security?

–Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach

Learn more: MCC immigration resources

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