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Connecting with immigrant families

Kaz Naganuma shares his report that he was imprisoned on the Crystal Metropolis Division of Justice throughout World Warfare II earlier than Mexico's US legislative energy in the Texas State Capitol building.

Third part of the three elements

MARTHA NAKAGAWA, Rafu Contributor


Some pilgrims helped the San Antonio (IWC) Interfaith Welcome Coalition at the bus station ministry led by Sister LaRock. This event was organized by Shoshana Arai and Mari Matsumoto.

Sister JT Dwyer stated that this voluntary ministry was started in 2014 to help immigrants who got here out of Karnes and Dilley detention facilities, touring to their vacation spot. [19659003""Wehelpthemtoreadtheflag"sanoiDwyerjokatotesiettämonetmaahanmuuttajateivätpuhutailueenglantia"Heeivätautomaattisestiymmärräettäneeivätvälttämättäpääsepoisainakunbussipysähtyyjotennäemmeneyleensäkorostamallakeltaisenmerkinavulla"Okeitämäonsinuntäytyysiirtääseuraavabussi"Menäytäheillekuinkahevoivatnähdälipussakuinkakauanpysähdyksenpitäisiollajakuinkakauanniidenonodotettava

"We give them the knowledge, if they are close to the traffickers. We give them numbers to call. We’ll do our best to information them on the journey they’re going to make. ”

Every immigrant family can also be offered with a backpack that features toiletries and snacks. In February, Dwyer stated that they had given over 2,000 backpacks.

The pilgrimage group helped produce some backpacks. Matsumoto shared that when he noticed the bins of the diapers, he observed that one yr previous had numerous diapers, so he requested one sister if a whole lot of infants had been born. He was advised that many infants have been so malnourished that they have been underweight in their age.

Matsumoto had one encounter with slightly boy who broke up when he gave him a bag of arals. "He was so defeated when he tried to say gracias," stated Matsumoto. "Tears began to flow."

When he asked one volunteer if he had finished something improper, he was advised: "No, when they break up, it means they have been abused and some trauma is released."

Dwyer stated they have volunteers aiding about Eight-10 hours a day, 365 days a yr Volunteers undergo a evaluate of the path and legal background before collaborating in the program

IWC additionally has an airport ministry at San Antonio International Airport, however Dwyer stated they might get one fifth of the plane going

A couple of years ago, Satsuki Ina was capable of participate on this program with Sister LaRock, who was advised that volunteers are capable of acknowledge newly released immigrants as a result of they often arrive at a bus station or airport with solely a brown paper bag

was bus service In such instances, Ina stated the volunteers would take the family to Mennonite Protected House, where they have been provided meals and beds.

”There was a younger boy sitting in the again seat (in the automotive) who you might say was traumatized, stated Ina. "I've discovered that he got here with his mom and sister, however since he was eight years previous, he was separated from them, I have no idea whether or not he was male unit, but he was expelled from them.

”He had a very unfastened look a few traumatized baby and did not converse. She had simply joined her moments earlier with her mom and sister. I'm not speaking Spanish, so I tried to make eye contact, however he was gone. Then my iPhone rang and his eyes lit up, so I confirmed him my iPhone. We started watching games or what it was after which we reached Protected House. It was night time time, and I all the time keep in mind when the door was opened. There’s a shiny mild that comes solely from the door and the scent of tortillas and beans.

“The family acquired out of the automotive, and presently this young boy was just tears that tuned his face. We came in. We sat down and all these volunteers had come. They get a name they usually start cooking …

"The boy's hand was on the table, and I got over and put my hand on him comfortably. He asked me. I had a translator and said, "Are you a Chinese language?" And I said, "No, truly I am an American." After which she quietly received up and opened a brown paper bag that was all she had

”She took the bracelet and tied this bracelet to my wrist. I stated, "Did you do it?" He stated, "No, my friend, the night my family left, my friends came to say goodbye." That they had carried out these. He had an entire bunch of those bracelets. That they had given them to him and stated, "Don't forget us." And I stated to him, "I promise I will not forget you." "

Those that want to make donations are requested to write down a assessment and send it to: University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell, San Antonio, TX 78212. Write" Interfaith Welcome Coalition. "

Along with donations, Dwyer requested "This is endless," Dwyer stated. "And then we go home at night and turn on the television, and we see more anger. It's discouraging. It's discouraging, but just pray that we can continue helping people."

The group presents protests, signs, and origami cranes


The second group of pilgrims drove to the border city and met the recipients of the asylum seekers and the DACA (Baby Trade Arrival) and numerous organizations, including members of the Laredo Immigrant Federation

A bilingual assembly was held at Holding i Institute locally middle. In accordance with Mike Smith, the institute was based in 1860, and was named after Methodist missionary Nannie Emory Holding. He stated that they serve greater than 6,000 individuals annually and supply the whole lot – scorching meals, clothes, primary health providers, mental health providers, and grownup literacy courses.

Only January of this yr 15.three. provided 4500 heat showers. "No hot showers," stated Smith. "Because hot water doesn't last so much."

He thanked the pilgrimage for a visit. "When you live less, it will affect you," stated Smith. “Poverty affects us daily. Typically it feels powerless, however at the least if everyone can supply hope, then it is ok…

“So your presence right here in the present day, sharing your story right here with us is part of that which presents hope to our group because most of the individuals you see round you in your presence presents them hope. "

Kiyoshi Ina, born in Topaz, stated that when their family was released from a US focus camp, they got a $ 25 and a practice ticket. “But I need to inform you that there’s hope once you depart. We had a hope, and we’ll flourish, and I'm just glad to be here. It's great what you do. "

Akras Ina, who was also born in Topaz, stated he thought of his mother and father' struggles and compassion for the plight of the longer term. "I am proud of these parents, who have been victimized by all to bring their children here and I'm really sorry you received treatment."

Becca Asari from New York, whose grandparents have been within the camp, spoke to the group in Spanish. "We're here with you to fight with you," he stated. “We need to know what is needed and what we will do. We additionally need to say that you’re all incredibly highly effective, perhaps more than you may feel.

Like Asari, Lauren Sumida is from New York and had grandparents in the camp. They have been Tule Lake and Rohwer, and his grandfather was additionally in Missoula, Mont. DOJ camp

“It's very destructive to see this happen again,” Sumida stated. "We have the experience and knowledge that we have gone through this, so we need to build these links and show them and create solidarity."

Grace Morizawa agreed that she was a former head of San Pablo, Calif. , a faculty where most students and fogeys had documents. "We are a sanctuary and a school, so ICE was not allowed."

El Cerriton retired doctor Kay Yatabe stated he saw many undocumented patients. "The hard thing was to reassure people that it was safe to come, especially for pregnant women."

Dolores C., Guatemala, turned emotional when he shared an interpreter by way of Ana Salinas, crossing the border with 4 youngsters. After ICE was arrested, he was separated from his eldest daughter, 18 years previous. When she requested her daughter about her whereabouts, she was advised she wasn't frightened about her because she was thought-about an adult. He nonetheless doesn't know where his daughter is.

Nevertheless, his message group was: "I have heard your story I was detained for seven days and it was a hell I can not imagine what it was for all years of the time when you and your family had been arrested Thank you…."

Salinas got here "Listening to all the stories, it makes me sad," he stated. "And it's sad that this happens again. It looks like we haven't learned from our past."

Juan Livas , With LIA, shared that Laredo is a conservative border city and just like the government's Nikkei group throughout World Struggle II

”There are individuals with conservative views who’re Latin People who push back and say,“ Construct a wall "And" Send them again where they got here from, "said Livas." However we're nonetheless preventing. "

Michelle L. Mun Ouncessaid that although his three-month scholarship with LIA ended on the day the pilgrims visited, he planned to proceed working with the LIA. “It is completely different from someone who says you have to help. If you see the face and hear people's stories, there is no way to go to bed at night or look at yourself in the mirror knowing that you didn't do everything you could. ”

On the first day of the pilgrimage, the gathering envelope was ignored, and Rev. Kobata on behalf of the pilgrimage group gave a donation of $ 1,020 to the Holding Institute Rev. Smith.

After the assembly, the group walked throughout the border bridge to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to deliver asylum seekers. Santiago Santos, Munoz and Livas controlled pilgrimage groups.

The group met two families in the Republic of Congo in search of asylum. Claudia Katayanagi, a French-speaking filmmaker, was capable of communicate with them on behalf of the group.

The group then visited a small park overlooking the Rio Grande. Undocumented LIA members who have been unable to hitch a cross-border visit had penetrated a park fence round Tsuru.


Bob Libal from Grassroots Leadership held a meeting between pilgrims and American regulation enforcement in Mexico

Kazuma Naganuma opened his temporary history of expertise, adopted by Grace Shimizu, who gave a quick historical past of Crystal Metropolis DOJ.

Satsuki Ina stated she was alarmed to hear chosen officials in virtually the identical language as Japanese People. "It was like nightmare reliving, reading news and hearing the same things that happened to us over 75 years ago," he stated.

Rep. Jessica Gonzalez stated that if 150 members of the Texas Home of Representatives and 35 state senators have been investigated, they might know little about Japanese American experience throughout World Conflict II.

“I think right now, your story and background that history is so necessary,” stated Gonzalez. "I think the country looks a little different right now if everyone knows this history."

Rep. Armando Martinez stated that his family had simply gathered his aunt at a funeral and imagined how damaging it will be if the government had murdered his household. He thanked the group and stated, "This is so inspiring that we can come together."

From Rep. Gene Wu is an elected Asian American on the Texas government, she is a member of the MALC. He is only the fifth Asian American Texas historical past to be chosen by the state administration.

Democrat Wu turned emotional when he shared the story of a Japanese American Republican who had reached all the get together strains to help his marketing campaign. Wu stated that this man was additionally imprisoned in the course of the Second World Warfare in a US focus camp.

“It is great for me that you are here because it is when nobody talks, when we can take people without sound who can easily step in and nobody says anything or lift their hands – then democracy dies. Then freedom will die, ”Wu stated. "So thank you for being here and fighting for people with no voice."

Wu stated that when the state legislature mentioned SB 4, the proponents of the bill advised it might solely have an effect on the Latino settlers, so the Asian American group would not participate.

“They divorced the community so that it sounded as if it did not directly affect the Asian community, so they don't speak or oppose it,” stated Wu. “But this applies to everyone. It may not be behind their backs, but it could be in the future. ”

Jackie Uresti, CEO of MALC, shared his visit to the Tornillo Detention Middle.

Riley Stinnett, who needed to help the pilgrimage group, donated food and drinks.


The final stage of the pilgrimage It included a go to to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, a part of the Austin Sanctuary Community, which supplies protection for immigrants who struggle expulsion. This typically signifies that ICE won’t enter the sanctuary constructing

Ina and Asari spoke on behalf of the pilgrimage. In line with them, in Dilley's demonstration, Asari stated, “Once we opposed the detention middle, we needed to be as highly effective as we might, because I needed my grandmother to hear that somebody cared and informed her what occurred to Him… It is so nice that you would do that together and have the ability to deliver this multi-generation military to take this battle as a result of the consequences are multi-generational.

Hilda Ramirez, Alirio Gamaz and Sulma Franco, the three immigrants preventing for expulsion and dwelling within the sanctuary, spoke to the group by way of an interpreter, Carolina Martin.

Ramirez, Mayan Guatemala, and his son, Ivan, came to america once they fled house. That is their second time he arrives on the sanctuary after he has issued an arrest and expulsion order.

He spoke of hysteria each time his son left the church to go to high school or play soccer, fearing that he can be taken away by ICE. He stated he want to stroll freely outdoors the park and watch his son play soccer.

He thanked the pilgrims and asked to wish for him and others in an identical state of affairs.

Alirio Gamaz is in El Salvador. He informed me that he had lived in a sanctuary for 14 months, and he developed diabetes because of worrying stress. He stated he would go to the decide who believed in his story, but did not supply him asylum. When his grievance was rejected, he felt he had no selection however to return to the shrines.

He shared his anger about what occurred in detention facilities. “We are not criminals. Criminals are someone who separates families. ”

He also thanked the pilgrimage group. "I’m glad to satisfy new buddies. It helps me to know that I'm not alone. ”

Sulma was denied asylum and arrested in 2014. She has been in 5 totally different detention centers. As a result of he has no family in the USA, he had no selection however to return to a church that provided his sanctuary.

"I'm glad to hear so many stories," he stated. "I appreciate the beauty of your stories and how we fought before us."

Claudia Munoz, an unregistered group organizer, had voluntarily turned to try to organize detention centers. He said that the extra ICE hiding behind the secret, the stronger it’s, so he voluntarily went to jail and witnessed the dwelling circumstances of the undocumented immigrants. He admitted he was scared.

"I had to prepare mentally for arrest and expulsion because I didn't know if he would come out," Munoz stated. “I actually needed to trust the organizing group that I used to be really going to the most effective intentions and that I might get my story there so I just wouldn't help me however the larger group. I was terrified… It was plenty of trust locally, but as a group organizer, you ask individuals to do it day by day.

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A larger pilgrimage to Crystal Metropolis is planned in November. Details of TBA.



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