From this YLA mission trip, I will take away the new understanding of how the border is much more complicated than I thought. As I listened to the many stories at the migrant shelter, I began to realize how much of a barrier and obstacle the border and the physical fence are and what it does to families that are simply trying to get a better life. It further confused me when the group got the chance to get a tour of the Border Patrol Station. It made me want to start doing research on Border Patrol in particular and the government in general, along with the immigration laws themselves. It was also a slap-in-the-face reminder (suggestion) to maybe watch the news longer or more often than I normally do. Listening to the stories made me want to keep asking for stories even back at home. All in all, I’m going to gather as much information as possible through the internet, people, television, and, yes, even social media so I can be as educated as I can on such a topic as the border. Someday, it will come in handy.
- Libby, Trinity Church, Concord