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Border Update 6-12-2024

By now I’m sure you know that I don’t like to hear the term “illegal” applied to undocumented migrants or asylum seekers. But there is a convicted felon on the loose seeking political office for whom the term would be perfectly OK with me, when I’m feeling snarky. Today is one of those days…
There’s also someone else running for political office who is trying to implement policies on the southern border to quickly deport people who cross between ports of entry to impede their ability to request asylum. At first glance it looks a lot like Title 42, our COVID border policy. Raul Reyes with CNN wrote ”Biden’s action is disappointing because it plays to misguided fears that asylum seekers and migrants are a threat to the most powerful nation in the world.”
However, it doesn’t impact people using the CBP One app or those allowed to arrive from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. And apparently there are several other exceptions to the plan that haven’t gotten as much viral attention. Six times as many legal entries can be allowed to enter monthly as under the Trump administration, which our economy desperately needs. By allowing more pathways for legal entry there would likely be a decrease in unauthorized entries and the urgency migrants feel to employ coyotes/cartels. Two economists from the Brookings Institute were quoted in a recent issue of The New Yorker “New migrants contribute to economic growth in two ways: by working and spending. Their presence in unexpectedly high numbers explains some of the surprising strength in consumer spending and overall economic growth since 2022.”
For those of you in southern NM, pickup the June issue of Desert Exposure for the article Celebration in Mexico? by Morgan Smith about Mexico’s historical election. Anyone else can click here https://www.desertexposure.com/stories/celebration-in-mexico-can-claudia-sheinbaum-make-a-dent-in-the-corruption,83098 .
So our Border Justice Project is on to a new chapter. We’re waiting to see if numbers in Palomas will increase while numbers in Deming decrease. And it looks like new changes are happening in Deming! Property has been acquired just south of the city with room for a new shelter, hopefully to open by winter 🥳

 

And lastly…
OUR NEXT COLLECTION IS WEDNESDAY, June 19th, from 3:00 to 3:30.
Summer asks for Deming include  CHAPSTICKS and SUNSCREEN.More crutches in small and medium sizes are needed for Palomas and Deming.Search and Rescue teams can still use clean, empty water bottles even if I don’t request them every time.

Deming’s continuing requests are: JEANS for men and women; SHOES for men, women, and children, and SHOELACES. FORMULA, BABY BOTTLES and SIPPY CUPS. DIAPERS in sizes 5-6-7, DIAPER RASH CREAM and WIPES. NEW CHILDREN’S UNDERWEAR and SOCKS for boys and girls. BABY AND TODDLER SOCKS. NEW WOMEN’S and MEN’S UNDERWEAR size medium and large. COLORING BOOKS, CRAYONS and OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDDOS TO TAKE WITH THEM, STUFFED ANIMALS and DRAWSTRING TOTES.
BODY LOTION, SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER and HAIR TIES. BOYS AND GIRLS PANTS in sizes 2-14.

For the 800 GoBags we continue to pack and send every month we most need CRACKER PACKS, GRANOLA BARS,  and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES. Also, GALLON SIZE ZIPLOCK BAGS to pack them in.

We collect donations on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 3:00-3:30, at the UUFSC building, 3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City. You can drive straight down on either side of our collection vehicles. We will get you unloaded and then you can drive out easily. If you are bringing any of the above GoBag items, please let the crew unloading your car know about them.

You may contribute at  Border Justice Donation, or you can mail checks made out to UUFSC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City) with ‘Border’ in the memo line to UUFSC, PO Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062

 
Thank you for your support ~Barbara Gabioud