(RNS) — We The People Ride is a 3,200-mile bike trip alongside the United States-Mexico border, from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida. Led by, members of the public are invited to join any length of the journey, both in person and online.
Because the group rides, they’re discovering and telling the tales of these most impacted by U.S. immigration coverage, and sharing their experiences and therapy. RNS will publish their dispatches from the street.
“We pledge to look to these dwelling on the border-land for solutions, alternatives and modifications to immigration coverage,” wrote Doug Pagitt, an evangelical pastor and the manager director of Vote Common Good. “We hope to attach and be taught from immigrants to deepen our nation’s understanding and skill to name for just-action at our border. In touring to the border, we hope to remind the general public that immigration is a human story, and that it’s a Christian responsibility to combat for truthful immigration coverage.”
Doug’s first dispatch begins under:
As our group of riders — small, however sturdy and rapidly rising in dimension — crosses a very tough patch of California land, I pause.
Within the few days since we launched into our journey alongside the border to Florida, U.S. residents and immigrant households alike have watch with bated breath as Congress deliberates a couple of pathway to citizenship in its reconciliation package deal; Haitian refugees proceed to be forcefully expelled from our land; and Republican governors have travelled to the border to stipulate their 10-step “safety” plan.
These conversations all lack the important thing to unlocking moral, frequent good insurance policies: humanity. Too typically, we overlook that the USA is the sum of its individuals. Our totally different backgrounds, experiences, languages and cultures give this nation energy and basis. We, The Folks, are a large number.
We The People, the riders who’re making this journey, consider our complete nation can profit from listening to straight from these closest to immigration points. On this journey, we’re assembly those that reside on the border, serve each other on the border, work alongside the border, and have come to the border as refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.
In simply the primary week of our trip, we met with individuals impacted by theRemain in Mexico coverage and with Border Patrol officers. We stopped on the Asylum encampment in Tijuana, Mexico, to attach with organizers and immigrants. We sat down with a bunch of Guatemalan women seeking asylum in Nogales, Mexico, who travelled to our nation pregnant, with kids in tow, after witnessing the homicide of a member of the family.
Many shared a single frequent expertise: nobody had stopped to ask them for his or her tales. Most have been finger-printed, positioned in a chilly ready room, then faraway from the border and dropped off in a close-by city to await additional directions. Whereas politicians preach the notion of getting immigrants come to our nation “the precise manner,” we aren’t even giving these newcomers an opportunity to plead their case.
At our nation’s core is the notion of justice for all — a justice that won’t stand to be abused, twisted, or taken benefit of. Over the following few weeks, we shall be sharing the testimonies of these we meet alongside the border and our impressions, in addition to tall tales of the blisters rapidly forming underneath our footwear.
Most of all, we hope to remind the general public that we want a Frequent Good strategy to immigration and border administration – one which results in the inclusion of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers by means of a transparent, truthful, accessible path emigrate to the USA.
I choose up my bike and look out throughout the lengthy stretch of pavement forward. Onward.