Today, the complexities of the border are physically much farther from my office at Boston College, but just as pressing. The Dean of the Lynch School of Education reflected on that presence in his recent op-ed in the Boston Herald. "Immigration reform poses political challenges. What is certain is that we gain nothing by forcing American children to grow up separated from their mothers and fathers. If we value families, and if we want these thousands of U.S. residents to contribute productively to our society, we must have the political courage and moral decency to solve this problem."
Dean Wortham experienced the tragedy of border crossings and deportations as a volunteer for the Kino Border Initiative. He traveled to a Jesuit-Sponsored bi-national facility in Nogales, that serves those deported and crossing, where he met many individuals trying to find a way forward. One was single-father Jesús, whose American-born children were placed in foster care. Brought to the US as a child, he shared his desperation to return to them in the US. "This painful human tragedy will continue until we accept the reality that our system is broken, and demand that our elected officials focus on families as they attempt to resolve this crisis. As a nation of immigrants, we owe it to Jesús, to others like him, and to ourselves, to find a solution."
Many in the TWIN-CS community are struggling with flawed reality of the southern US border, either to advocate for parents like Jesús, or to support children who are impacted by US immigration policies. Dean Wortham's op-ed is a powerful reminder that many are fighting to support these families, and that the need is urgent.
Read about the migrant experience in Migrant: Stories of Hope and Resilience
-Mary Bridget Burns