Here are two Nuggets from Monday’s meeting that instruct us well. The realities of the border are complex. One of Samaritans’ purposes is to discover these complexities.
A young man from Honduras presented himself to a member of our group within the last few weeks. He had traveled four months from Honduras, ending in a five day walk, to reach the border. Abandoned by his coyote, he wandered the desert for 15 days before making it to Green Valley. After receiving food and water, he was on his way toward a hopeful future. Miraculous.
Out on a Samaritan Search, one team encountered a Border Patrol agent and talked for an hour. While some agents are reluctant to talk or they rant, this agent was fair minded and thoughtful. Possessing a Masters Degree, he endeavored to do his job with respect and concern. In six years on the job, he has had only 2-3 threatening situations and none involved firearms.
- Russ Peterson