UPDATE: As the immigration crisis deepens and the political maneuvering becomes more polarizing, it is critical that citizens have accurate, first-hand information. OMNIA will be monitoring developments on the border with our contacts who are working on the ground. (Note: This is a re-broadcast of an earlier podcast. The program references a trip to Nogales which has passed.)
Following OMNIA’s last Immersion Journey to the border at Nogales, Mexico, I spoke with author and activist Peg Bowden, who reminded us that, at bottom, the immigration crisis is a human crisis. Since the start of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has threatened to build what he calls a “great wall” between the U.S. and Mexico. As president, he has succeeded only in building discord and controversy, separating families, and tear-gassing migrants seeking to but in so doing we have seen a significant escalation of racial threats, ethnic divisions, and increased incidents of roundups and deportation. Trumps’ rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has only created a flashpoint fueled both by anger and misinformation.
Peg Bowden, who is author of "A Land of Hard Edges: Serving the Front Lines of the Border." Listen as Peg tells us the true situation on the ground in Nogales, Mexico.