#HugsNotWalls

About 500 families from El Paso and Juarez reunited along the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday morning. The families were able to spend three minutes together along the Rio Grande. Some family members hadn’t seen each other in years or months. This YouTube video and photos that were published in the El Paso Times were really moving to see. You can take a look at the photos here. According to the Border Network for Human Rights web site, the event was held in response to hate against Mexicans.

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  1. I loved the video Lisa. Isn’t it a shame that invisible lines on a map create lines of prejudice in the hearts of men. How long will it take for people to see that we are a family. The color of someones skin or the language they speak should not separate. Love and kindness knows no color. It doesn’t speak a language of letters and words. It’s language is from the heart and that language is universal.

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  2. Hey Lisa,
    I’m sorry, I didn’t get my alert that you had responded.
    If people only knew a little more about how things really work, they might be a bit more understanding.

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  3. Hi Gwin! Thanks for your comment! I’m with you on being proud to be an American and my rights. I’ve never understood the wall either. Some of them can jump over them! It’s expensive to come to the U.S. legally whichever way you put it.

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  4. Yes, that is all the danger they face. It is similar to those who smuggle people over the sea to get to Europe. It is horrible. Sometimes trucks are found on the motoway and when they open up they find dozens of suffocated people in there. Last year so much happened in Austria regarding that. They pay their last money to get here and end up like that. So, so sad!

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  5. Lisa I am in agreement with you.
    Although the overwhelming majority of MY ancestors where brought here via the slave trade, I am proud to be an American and I appreciate and exercise all of my rights.
    With that said, here’s to free speech:
    I don’t subscribe to the whole wall business. That doesn’t even make any logical sense.
    Anyway, I have talked with immigrants who would like to become legal but from what I understand there is almost always a backlog on applications.
    By the way, if most natural born US citizens have trouble reading, comprehending and completing federal forms of any kind, imagine how difficult it is for a person where English is their second language.
    My friends told me that they paid for someone to help with their immigration application but the problem was getting the thing adjudicated.
    I guess the solution would be to hire more folks but then you have the other folks who complain about spending federal money.
    Damned if you do damned if you don’t.
    Thanks for this enlightening post my friend.

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  6. Yeah it can get dangerous. Some of them die by drowning in the river, have no food or water/run out of it. Some of them get shot by the Border Patrol. Some of them get smuggled in and get raped or suffocate while on the way. I’ve heard and read some very sad stories.

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  7. It’s judicial watch. They’re ligit and a government watchdog. Even Native Americans immigrated here about 12,000 years ago. 🙂 It’s not just about Mexico. As far as I’m concerned, it’s really about being able to find out who is coming into our country. I think that there should be fast tracks in an effort to reunite families, but an organized manner in which people enter.

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  8. None of us would be here if it weren’t for immigration at some point in our family tree (aside from most Native Americans). I don’t really believe this blog. I wonder where this blog is located. I’m 45 minutes away from Mexico. Mexico continues to get safer. It’s not as bad as it was a few years back. I remember when this (the blog post you shared) was all over the news here last year.

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  9. All I’m saying is that there ought to be a way to allow immigration without giving up security concerns. I won’t be here if not for immigration. I don’t think walls are an answer, but I certainly don’t want what is going on in Europe to come here.
    And, there’s more than just drug lords creating havoc.
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/04/cartels-help-terrorists-in-mexico-get-to-u-s-to-explore-targets-isis-militant-shaykh-mahmood-omar-khabir-among-them/

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  10. Secure borders from what? Are you saying they should continue building more walls? I’m not saying there isn’t a drug war going on in a lot of places. The ones who typically come here are just trying to make a better life for themselves. They usually take the jobs that Americans don’t want like cleaning, picking onions, etc. I see it all the time. A lot of them are too poor to do it legally.

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  11. I don’t see it as hate against Mexicans. I see it as a movement to securing borders. My parents came here as immigrants and weren’t allowed to just walk into the country. I honestly am not trying to be callous, but you can see what the open border policy has done in Europe. I say allow immigration, but as part of a legal process. It’s the way it has always been done.

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  12. This so sad to see their pure joy and to only have 3minutes! That is an insult to not allow for more time when their love is so strong. Hugs is about all the time they had. Maybe it is a beginning!

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