Recently I have been given the opportunity to travel on Alternative Spring Break to El Paso Texas. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program at Emerson College selects a well-qualified group of dedicated students who desire to learn more about a particular social justice issue and be of service to a community being affected that that issue outside of the Boston community.This year the Social Justice topic selected is immigration and immigration reform.
Immigration is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I have been speaking to a few of my friends who have traveled to the US both Legally and illegally and it has got me thinking….why do Republicans keep bringing up the issues of “strengthening America’s borders” and why do different reform initiatives keep being stuck down.
This is why I want to go to El Paso, one of the hubs in the United States for undocumented immigrants from all over the world to come through Mexico and into the United States. Personally, I feel like so much of the dialog that is taking place in regards from this topic is one sided. I feel like I’m only hearing about the political side and not the true side of the topic, the people who are living through these stories.
This is why I decided to go on ABS and to gain and understanding of what is going on. I want to know how immigrants are living their lives. I want to know what they need and what they want because I feel like no one ever asks them. I know that I am not going to be able to change anything overnight, but I want to gain a better understanding of the needs of the individuals so that I can spread that knowledge to the world and give some voice to these individuals. I know that this might be naive, but I want to help and I believe that this is the first step in doing so!
So I’m putting my money where my mouth is! I’m taking chances! Making Mistakes and I’m going to get messy!!