Ed and I arrived in San Fernando, CA Saturday evening and are being hosted at a convent a few miles from the school. Sister Sara Goggin has been helpful in orienting us to the neighborhood and the school. Here are images from the hours we spent setting up the display.
David Lara, his wife "McCoi" and three young men whom David had taken to Tucson and who had all walked the migrant trails and visited shelters in MX, pitched in to help. They worked for hours unpacking, sorting and arranging the artifacts. Kindly, Don Levan, the director of worship at the High School, bought us all a pizza and we were able to sit and share stories about their experiences at the US-MX Border and the feelings elicited by handling the items.
Sharing the story of the migrant trail
Last week I went to La Luz del Mundo Church in South Tucson to help members there write letters in support of Francisco Perez who has an order of deportation. He is the father of 5 US citizen children, the youngest being 9 months. I was deeply moved by the experience and the expressions of support written by so many members of that church. Again and again friends told of how he has helped at church fundraisers and with the church remodeling; how he has helped older members of the church and how he has helped numerous others with auto repairs and transportation. A generous and kind man who gently held his baby daughter and walked among the congregants as they waited close by to sign the letters to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As I sat typing, two members of St. Francis in the Foothills came to tell the volunteers that the members of that congregation had voted to take Francisco into sanctuary. He will be living within the walls of the church until Immigration grants a stay of his deportation order.