July 10, 2014 (San Diego) Why do people care about the Migrant Crisis? In informal talks with people who have come to donate time and money, and Teddy Bears it comes down to a crisis. People want to do something about it. Laura Kohl sees this as child abuse. “They are innocent victims. We cannot tolerate it.”
She added, “we are talking about people who are running for their lives.”
Bridgette Wilson said that she was horrified to see what happened at Murrieta. “There is no excuse, We are talking families, kids.”
She was physically shaking in anger at what happened in Murrieta. Her donations, as few as they were (but welcomed, every bit helps), were meant to tell them, “bienvenidos a mi Pais. (Welcome to my country)” She also said that Italians came, they were called WAPS. without papers. People have forgotten where they came from.
Today, when talking with Eric Zuñiga who came from the University of California Irvine, with other students, they were here to help. They were here to try to understand the crisis in more depth at the front lines. He, and his classmates want to become doctors one day. Here they were, at the Border Angels.
Zuñiga said that “there is a lot of misunderstanding as to why these children are coming.” Most of these kids are coming from Central America, he said.
The reasons range from family separation to people escaping endemic violence. He asked important questions, such as why are they coming and why is their family here? He did say though that most of these families are not legally in the country.
At a policy level he said that he would like to see legal status for these children, “who are coming here. A lot of them are really refugees, who are escaping violence and poverty conditions.”
Some of the causes include gang activity with kids forced to join gangs or face death. Others include human trafficking and the war on drugs.