I just found and watched this video on The Weather Channel, and did a search to see if ATS had it posted yet.
Thanks, LDragonFire, for presenting it here.
Yes, it SHOULD be mandatory viewing. It's been 10 years now since I worked with people who DID make it, and they told harrowing stories about
crossing the desert and these ranches. It makes me sick to my stomach that so many are so rabidly hostile toward these people's plight, and what
forced them to take the chance they did. One family, who I was close to, asked me if I would escort their little child, whom I'd known since infancy
and was very bonded to, to bring the child back from Vera Cruz. This beautiful, delightful kid was an American Citizen, with a valid passport. Here
parents were not - they wanted their daughter to meet her grandparents, who'd never seen her. They said they'd have to trouble going BACK there,
but coming back HERE was the treacherous part, and they didn't want her to trek through the desert as they planned to do - as they had done on their
These people were working, paying their rent and their taxes, caring for their child conscientiously (having learned about our program for first-time
parents, which was free and totally voluntary, from their social contacts) - their homes were spotless, their manners and hospitality beyond most
Americans' these days. Courteous, grateful, kind and open.
They were gracious, uncomplaining, frugal, and friendly. I loved them.
My husband talked me out of going to get the child to bring back to the USA - saying I'd never make it through customs with a beautiful "brown
preschooler" as a white woman - even if I had legal, formal guardianship and we both had passports and documentation of our relationship. He worked
on the border for a couple of years, and knew the inside stories of how BP works.
I was heartbroken when I said goodbye to that family - I miss them still.
When I see that wall of Americans stopping those buses and screaming at the people, it embarrasses me. What a callous bunch of .....