I wish I’d paid attention in middle school. I wish I’d paid attention in high school. I wish I’d paid attention in college.
My life is in San Diego. We live here. I’m as involved locally as I’ve ever been. My work is here. My friends are here. My home is here. My bills are here. Everything is here.
I live here in Rolando.
My life is also in Tijuana and Ensenada, two cities in Baja California, Mexico. There’s simply no denying that.
It’s been a year since I’ve got involved in working with asylum seekers at the border. Remember the migrant caravan? That was a year ago.
And I think we need a reset. Let’s get back to the basic question of, “Why are people coming here to seek asylum?”
Here’s where I want to start. The reason people are coming to seek asylum is because the United States has made their home countries unsafe.
Before we move on with a new week I want to take a second to celebrate something incredible from last week.
Last Sunday, I was contacted by a friend of a friend in the Pacific Northwest who was seeking information about a 19 year old Honduran woman who was making a migrant journey through Mexico but had been detained… where, by whom, and for what purpose… it wasn’t clear.
This is terrifying news as the journey from Honduras to the United States is extremely dangerous. A young woman is unbelievably vulnerable.
I started asking around with some immigration attorneys I’ve met along the way in TJ who reposted the story, tagging other friends of friends who might be able to help.
All we knew was her name and that she was last heard of near Puebla. I didn’t expect any news. And if we got news I didn’t expect it to be good news.
Lo and behold after a couple days we actually found her 1,000 km away, detained by Mexican immigration near the border with Guatemala.
The absolutely incredible power of Twitter.
Pro tip: If you hear a negative story about Mexico it is probably not true. Check with other sources before coming to a conclusion.Adam McLane
It’s tough to summarize something as expansive and emotional as my last three weeks of leading mission trips in Ensenada for Praying Pelican Missions, but allow me the liberty of attempting such a thing… here’s Part One.