It’s hard to believe that our time in Tijuana, México has already come to an end. In just a few short hours, we’ll cross the border on foot and end up back in the United States. It is baffling to think about just how easy this process is for us, our greatest obstacle being a potential two or three-hour wait. I can hardly imagine what those like the many immigrants that we met in our time here would give to only have to wait a few hours for admittance into America.
This experience has perhaps left us with more questions than answers. Furthermore, the sheer enormity of the entire situation is enough to stun one into silence. But, as one deportee told me, as we ate dinner and he shared his story with me, “tengo que seguir adelante” / “I must continue moving forward.” Now, it is up to us to share what we’ve learned, seen, and heard, inspire change within our own communities, and keep moving forward.