***Due to not having enough participants for this learning tour it has been cancelled. However, please feel free to contact Ana Alicia Hinojosa so she can put you on a list for future learning tours. ***
This learning tour will be packed with opportunities for learning about immigration. From talking with MCC partners who work in legal representation, to those that do water drops, to providing shelter to those recently released. You also will get to connect with people who have lived the immigrant experience, visit Mennonite churches on the border, hear perspectives from south of the border, and visit a detention center. You will have a first-hand learning experience on the impact of policy and see the hope of incredible people working to extend God’s love and compassion for all.
The cost of the trip is $700, plus airfare to South Texas.
The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) presents a particularly unique context due to its urban setting and geographical proximity to population centers in the U.S. and Mexico. The RGV also has a unique history with ICE enforcement, and an extensive history with the various forms of violence and militarization along the U.S./Mexico border. Finally, the RGV is home to numerous kinds of detention centers for adults, families, and separated children, which alone make it a unique context for learning about the violence of detention in a limited geographical area.