How to Live in a Mixed-Status Family

How to Live in a Mixed-Status Family

A few weeks ago, I traveled with a group of women from Welcome. to visit the South Texas border. While there, I walked into a warehouse where parents and children sat fenced in "pods,” or areas separated by high chain-link fencing. Migrants were allowed no possessions and sat only with the aluminum-foil-like blankets many of us saw on the news earlier this year. I met Border Patrol officers and agents - likely the very ones who had separated children from their parents this summer.

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What I Learned at the U.S.-Mexico Border

What I Learned at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Many of us have already heard in the news how parents are being separated from their children at the border. From the outside looking in, it feels confusing and unnecessary. Why would this be happening? How do we stop it? 

So when I was offered an opportunity to visit the San Diego - Tijuana border to listen to and learn from those deeply connected to immigrants and the challenges at the border, I couldn't say no.

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How To Make Vacations Awkward

How To Make Vacations Awkward

“I don’t know,” I mumbled nervously to my husband. Lowering my voice, I leaned in. “Ask him if it’s clothing optional.” Billy looked back at me with eyes that begged not to have to ask this stranger about public nudity. But I nudged him back toward the man awaiting our answer.

We’d only been in Cancun about fifteen minutes before things got awkward. But those first few moments had been glorious.

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The Happy and the Heart-Breaking

The Happy and the Heart-Breaking

Last week, the Senate failed to pass immigration reform, including a solution for Dreamers. I felt so sad and angry. And I almost wasn't even sure how to process this gross negligence with real people's lives. 

And then I got ready to go to prom.

Yes, adult prom. It was everything you can imagine it to be. I spent the evening with my lifelong date, dancing to 90's hits in heels that made my feet hurt.  

Aren't these types of emotional whiplash moments familiar to us all?

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