United for Humanity: Humanity

United for Humanity: Humanity


One of the things I think we’re going to
have to answer for ourselves as it relates to the immigration and migration
issue is are we gonna find these folks as human beings or are we gonna see them
as pieces on a political chess board or even an economic chess board? Because this
separates communities. All humans look for the same thing;
personal safety, financial security, a sense of purpose in their lives, and an
emotional connection to community. We went to a shelter run by a priest named
Javier Cavillo. Four hundred and fifty men, women, and children in this shelter. The
situation is desperate, but humane. We heard from a woman from
Nicaragua whose husband was brutalized but not killed. She knew a lot of people
that were killed in her rural community. They then decided to run, and ended up in
Juarez. The image we have of migrants
are complete desperation with no skills and so forth. This is a woman that
ran a little convenience store in her community.
She’s got empathy, she’s got skills, she’s gonna be an important citizen in any
community where she ends up residing. Emotionally connecting people to their
communities is the answer. We have to get refocused on human success, not just
political and economic success.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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