May 31, 2012
Just a couple weeks ago I spent a week with the Women's Intercultural Center in there Border Awareness Experience (BAE) and it really impacted my life. Seeing the border and really experiencing the humanity behind the issue changed the way I approached the topic of immigration. So many people hold inappropriate opinions of immigration and the migrants themselves. Before the trip my opinion was shortsighted in many ways. But the Women's Intercultural Center put together the BAE and changed the way I thought about migration. I really enjoyed talking to all of the nonprofits and government organizations that the Women's Intercultural Center presented to us. I loved the border patrol tour and just seeing the fence and how migrants really struggle to live in America. Lastly, I really loved just being at the center, they really treated us well and I felt at home the whole time I was there. Getting to see how the organization empowers women in a culture where it is hard for women to find their identity was refreshing and enlightening. They are really changing lives and even though they are really just "fixing" one aspect of the issue of immigration on the border, the educational experience they offer through the BAE taught me that that is probably the best way to really help the problem. It's going to take a lot of people doing their part to focus on the humanity of the issue. That was by far the most important lesson I learned at the Women's Intercultural Center
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