The Feds Are Coming, the Feds Are Coming

El Paso downtown

We’re expecting some pretty important visitors to our little border community tomorrow. Not just one big wig from the administration in Washington, D.C., but two – U.S. Attorney General Sessions and Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly.

sessions & Kelly

Apparently, they’re making the rounds, having visited Nogales, Arizona, just the other day.

But I don’t think any of us is exactly sure why they’re coming. I doubt they’re coming to breathe our arid air and tour the 15-18 ft. high border fence we already have erected along our border.

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My hope is that they actually want to learn something about the communities impacted by their immigration and border defense decisions. That they want to ask us questions and gather information about what life is really like for people living so close to Mexico before they go any farther with their costly deportation and border wall plans.

One can hope, can’t she?

But, if they’re simply coming with their own agenda, to put in place whatever they already have in mind, then God help us.

History has shown us what happens when those who govern make detrimental decisions for those from whom they are far removed, both physically and emotionally. Remember your American history and the cry “taxation without representation”? Remember what happened when the British tried to rule people in a faraway land without understanding their concerns or being willing to treat them fairly?

Now, I’m not threatening a revolution or anything. I’m just saying…

Boston tea party

Pay attention to history!

El Pasoans don’t seem to be too happy about this visit. Although we are trying to hope for the best.

In today’s El Paso Times – our daily newspaper – the editor had this to say about Sessions and Kelly’s visit:

“While they are here, they will see a border region that bears little resemblance to the rhetoric that comes from the administration they serve….

“…not the out-of-control border portrayed in certain political and media circles.

“Sessions and Kelly will see a community doing robust trade with Mexico. More than $21 billion in exports flowed from El Paso to Mexico in 2015, making us the largest exporter to Mexico among U.S. metropolitan areas. That export flow creates jobs not just in El Paso, but across the nation… (from http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/04/19/el-paso-much-show-sessions-kelly-editorial/100668718/)

As for our representatives, both Democrats and Republicans are hopeful too.

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, said he wants Kelly and Sessions “to understand that the safety of our community has been undermined with…calls for ‘military style’ immigration roundups and with the atmosphere of intimidation and fear promoted by this administration.”

Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican who represents the eastern portion of El Paso County, is, “hopeful that they will listen to the law enforcement agents on the ground and realize that a wall from sea to shining sea will be the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border….you can’t have a one size fits all solution to the border.

“We can secure the border and continue to facilitate the movement of goods and services at the same time. These are not two cities separated by an international boundary. It’s one community separated by a border.”

Some locals are taking a little more aggressive stance.

Like the recently-formed Borderland Immigration Council and Border Network for Human Rights, a long-standing human rights group. They’ll be holding a picket line and press conference tomorrow to protest “the continued rhetoric demonizing border communities and Trump administration actions to criminalize migrants and militarize the border.”

They’ll present actual cases of people who have legally sought asylum protections here and have been incarcerated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), even though they pose no danger to our community.

I’ll join them at the Federal Courthouse.

And I may not be throwing any tea overboard (a little hard to do in the desert 😊). But I will find a way – like many other like-minded Americans – to use my freedoms and my voice.

Where’s Paul Revere when you need him?paul-revere-by-wyeth

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About Pauline

I've been a freelance writer and editor for many years and I'm seeking to follow my heart in this stage of my journey, as the major roles in my life as wife and mother have changed. Not sure where this will lead, but I'm taking one step at a time as I listen within.

Posted on April 20, 2017, in Immigration, Living from the heart and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Pauline, I will be holding you and your neighbors in prayer tomorrow–and Sessions and Kelly, that their hearts may be opened to the reality of the situation there. Blessings, Grace

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  2. Thanks, Pauline.
    While I wouldn’t hold my breath about Sessions and Kelly, you are doing what you must do to be faithful to your own principles and to the people you have been called to stand with.
    While Trump’s rhetoric has been pandering and deceitful, at the end of the day, he is no ideologue – even ideologues like Steve Bannon have done some reading and study (however distorted their world views may be), and surely Trump’s most ardent supporters must acknowledge he is neither a reader nor a student. He is a pragmatist, a “deal-maker,” and at the proverbial end of the day, he is terrified of being shown to be a fool.
    So Godspeed to you and your fellow protestors, and I hope your numbers are legion. Show Trump’s toadies what life is really like day-to-day in a border city like El Paso, and maybe – just maybe – Sessions and Kelly will be able to show Trump what idiocy building this wall will be: not because it’s wrong (which God knows it is), but because it will never work and Trump will end up looking stupid, even to his base supporters. Then he’ll wriggle his way out of all those campaign promises to “build that wall” – perhaps by figuring out a way to blame it on his predecessor again – and people on both sides of the border can be spared at least this one bit of insanity.
    Peace and blessings – and stay safe, sister!
    Love,
    Rob

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  3. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, as well as those living there, and working there. We need Divine Intervention! God, please help! I pray for your safety, and continue to be so proud of you and your work. Miss you! 🙂

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  4. Thank you for sharing this relevant call for “here and now, open listening.”

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