As a Samaritan, I volunteer at El Comedor in Nogales, Sonora where we go every Tuesday to help feed migrants. Sometimes when crossing back into the U.S., Border Patrol asks us what we were doing in Mexico. When we say feeding migrants at the Comedor, we get various responses from cold stares and silence to a rare “Thank you for what you do.”
At the I-19 checkpoint north of Tubac, BP is used to seeing the Samaritan vehicle with the sign on the side. On a recent trip, there were four of us returning from Mexico, and for once, Shura, our leader, was not driving. Instead Harry was driving with Steve in the passenger seat. Shura and I were in the back seat.
Much to our surprise, after pulling up to the checkpoint, the BP agent took one look at us, smiled and waved us through and said, “I see the boss is in the back!” We all laughed as indeed, the boss was in the back. For a moment we were all just folks, enjoying a light-hearted laugh.
- Gail Frank