|Posted by H. Mark Smith on January 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM|
The mission trip my YLA group and I had to the border of the state of Arizona really impacted the way I see the world and the less fortunate. Fact of the matter is, a lot of people are getting hurt and even dying by the hundreds and maybe even thousands trying to cross illegally into the United States from Mexico. There are many reasons people are crossing illegally, and it's a far range of reasons from being with family, being in danger back home, smuggling illegal substances, or most often just simply trying to find a better life and not being able to afford legal passage. The border also makes other problems like dividing communities, indigenous tribes, and families. What I was most happy about was not seeing the story from just one side but from multiple perspectives. We talked with people leaving humanitarian aid and activists wanting to break down the wall to border agents and city officials. Personally the fact of the matter is still very tricky for me to understand but what I do know is that the system for how all of this works is kind of messed up and it's hard for people to get into the United States legally. Now I'm not for illegal immigration but I realize that more often than not, it's not their fault I'm also not for the difficult process it takes to get in either. Simply, what I've learned is that there needs to be a better and easier way for people to immigrate into this country legally and not have the problems of mass illegal immigration. I alsolearned how lucky I am to be an American. But bottom line is it's up to us the future generations of America to make our country better and better and still maintain our way of life and either make it so people don't have to leave their home countries or make an easier process so people can get their documents to be in America and live the dream. We are all the children of God and those capable need to be the Lord's instruments to make life better for everyone and live in love, peace, and justice. I am very happy to have had this eye opening experience and very grateful to gain the knowledge I have now.
Categories: YLA Dec 2015: Arizona and Mexico