This day has started off well with a tour and explanation in our current city. We were told about the history and the culture as well as the importance of certain things in the city to the history and culture. We learned many things about the area and that some of the historic places in the city have been up for multiple decades.
We also got a chance to talk to a couple of people that are indigenous people of Guatemala. They told us their testimonies and the experiences of the journey to enter the United States undocumented. They told us of each of their attempts to enter the United States. They told us of how they both managed to get into the United States once and failed to enter once. The reasons that they failed to enter is due to an increase in observance after 9/11. This increase affected the second attempt to enter for one of them by having the group that he was with keep on getting caught and sent back with bad treatment because of they were indigenous. The other one was affected due to increase and smarter patrols keeping them moving and going in circles not able to pass well. This caused him to use up all his water and food making him very sick to the point that they left him behind to die. He managed to survive and get help from the border patrol who then jailed him and sent him back. Overall, the immigration of people is a tough and arduous road that is not willingly chosen, but that is chosen because it is what is necessary to help them or their family survive.
To finish off the day we watched an amazing documentary called, “Harvest of Empire” which was helpful to learn many of the reasons about migration. It talked about how the United States would go into countries on some trumped up reason that was most of the time untrue or caused by their actions at an earlier point in time. It also talked about the people trying to escape did not get any refuge during the times that they tried to when attempting to flee to the United States for safety. It also talked about how Latinos and Latinas are now so prevalent in the United States that there are anywhere from 1.5 million to 30 million from Central American countries. Also that by 2050 the Mexicans in the United States will be 1/3rd of the population totaling 130 million. This is a very eye opening documentary that should definitely be watched.