Monday, May 23, 2022 - 12:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 11:59pm

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This learning tour is FULL. If you are located in the East Coast and are interested in participating in future Borderlands Learning Tours, please contact JorgeVielman@mcc.org

This learning tour is designed to bring awareness about the increasing migrant deaths, caravans, militarization, environment degradation, effects on habitat and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues. 

Participants will experience the complexities of the U.S immigration system, asylum seeking process, family separation imposed by the “zero tolerance policy”, and the human factor on various sides of the spectrum. From interacting with migrants and their daily reality, passing to the affectations to sister communities at the border, continuing to the implementation of the Operation Streamline and being able to interact with the Border Patrol and their perspective related to the enforcement of migration law.      

MCC East Coast will resource tour participants to carry out this work in their own communities, specifically through the provision of resources and other materials for participants to use, and to provide speakers and other resourcing for events or other activities on which tour participants might take leadership 

Registration fee is $800 and includes meals, lodging and ground transportation in Arizona and Mexico. Participants must have a valid passport and must purchase their own transportation to Tucson, AZ.

1. Register 

2. Complete medical form

3. Pay registration fee

  • Participants must write “EC May 2022 Border Tour” in the comments section 

Questions? Please contact Jorge Vielman, MCC East Coast South Florida Program Coordinator, at JorgeVielman@mcc.org or Katherine Smith, Border/Migration and Communications Coordinator, at KatherineSmith@mcc.org

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: 
The Borderland Learning Tour coordination team will be continuously monitoring the Federal and State guidance’s in the U.S. and Mexico related to COVID-19. We will be in constant contact with partners, churches, and individuals involved in the planning and implementation of the Learning Tour to assess the situation at the different levels.  

For this Learning Tour participants will be requested to be fully vaccinated and ask to wear face covering when visiting partners as we intend not to harm the communities we are visiting.  Other considerations will be made on a case-by-case basis by the coordination team.    

We are in contact communication with Paul Fast, Health Coordinator for MCC, to constantly evaluate the situation of COVID-19 in both countries and taking the necessary precaution and measures to avoid any complications.   

 

Sample Itinerary  

*Please remember that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.  

Day 1   

2:00 PM – Tucson, AZ airport arrivals   

2:30 PM – Drive to Douglas, Arizona 

5:00 PM – Welcome and border orientation in Douglas 

6:00 PM – Dinner  

Debrief  

  

Day 2

8:00 AM – Breakfast  

9:00 AM – Immigration orientation  

10:30 AM – Presentation with Migrant Resource Center   

12:00 PM – Lunch  

2:00 PM – Tour and Conversations with Café Justo and Café Justo y Mas   

5:00 PM – Discussion and dinner at CAME   

Debrief 

  

Day 3  

8:00 AM – Breakfast and debrief 

9:00 AM – Devotions at wall 

10:30 AM – Conversations with US Border Patrol  

12:00 PM – Lunch   

1:00 PM – Border Infrastructure Tour  

4:00 PM - Break 

5:15 PM – Healing Our Borders Prayer Vigil  

7:00 PM – Dinner  

  

Day 4   

7:30 AM – Breakfast   

8:15 AM – Biblical Reflections  

10:00 AM – Conversations with DouglaPrieta Woman’s Co-op and Community Garden  

12:00 PM – Lunch at DouglaPrieta Trabaja  

1:00 PM – Leave Douglas to Tucson  

Rest  

4:30 PM – Speak with community member- Personal Migration Story  

6:00 PM – Dinner  

7:00 PM – Debrief    

  

Day 5

8:00 AM– Breakfast & Devotion  

9:30 AM– Tour and Presentation at Casa Alitas Welcome Center  

12:00 PM– Lunch   

1:30 PM– Presentation from Alvaro Enciso   

3:30 PM–Speak with Maria Padilla 

5:00 PM– Visit San Xavier Mission  

6:30 PM– Dinner made by Community Member   

8:00 PM– Debrief   

  

Day 6

7:00 AM – Breakfast & devotion  

9:00 AM – Discussion with Pastor Tina Schlabach 

10:30 AM – Discussion with Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program  

12:00 PM – Lunch  

1:30 PM – Discussion with Todd Miller 

3:00 PM – Presentation from immigration attorney 

5:00 PM – Gates Pass  

6:30 PM – Dinner  

Final debrief