Migrants from around the globe head to Arizona’s southern border

Migrants from around the globe head to Arizona’s southern border

Amna Nawaz shared her surprising experience of using her language skills at the U.S. southern border. In just the last hour, she met people from various countries such as Bangladesh, Guinea, Mauritania, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal, and Mali. Speaking Urdu and French, she was able to communicate with them and hear their stories of treacherous journeys lasting weeks or months. Many of them arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs, having been robbed and assaulted along the way by Mexican officials.

One individual present to provide answers was Pastor Randy Mayer from the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, located 90 minutes away. He regularly brings water and food to migrants, interacts with them, and informs them that Border Patrol is available to help. However, he noted that the groups of migrants he encounters are growing larger, with as many as 150 to 200 people arriving yesterday alone. This places a strain on Border Patrol resources, as well as on local officials in Pima County.

Pastor Mayer’s efforts to assist migrants and work with Border Patrol are vital in this challenging situation. The influx of people at the border continues to test the capabilities of those involved, highlighting the urgency of finding solutions to address the needs of migrants while maintaining border security.

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