Wednesday, January 2, 2019

McAllen June 2018

McAllen was filled with politicians and media, all wanting to see inside the detention centers. My first morning I tried to get to the main one--the published address was an empty field and the Uber driver had no idea. However, he did have a friend who worked with Border Patrol (different from ICE) and after a 20 minutes conversation, he was able to deposit me across the street. I knew I wouldn't be allowed in but I tried anyway.  And then watched the press conference, and the Democratic representatives (who'd entered by a back door) come around the building to speak to the press.

The detention center housed any number of refugees; we couldn't tell how large the building was, where the refugees had been before, and where they were likely to be sent. But that wasn't where the real action was. The Humanitarian Respite Center is in an old downtown part of McAllen and that's where we encountered the well over 100 men, women, and children needing help. So that is where we spent most of our time.

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