Walking the Line

Bhodie

Member
Great idea Ace, I was just thinking the same thing.. Jerry, would love to help defray some of your expenses.. (would prefer seeing some healthier choices over moon pies 😳, but would still kick in either way..) great work, you restore some of my faith in man every time I read your updates.
 
Anonymous.....thanks for your PM last night.....the timing was good.....

Bhodie.....thanks.....I tend to go with treats since I think they rarely see it.....

Ace.....I'd rather take a bullet to the head than I would be famous. This is definitely about the migrants.....and definitely not about me. Regarding GoFundMe, I've had a few private conversations about that idea but it really doesn't work for someone like me. First off I value my freedom and flexibility way too much to get tied into something like that. If I want to leave tonight or tomorrow I have that freedom. In addition, currently I don't answer to anyone regarding my expenses and that's quite important to me as well. And lastly, most anything on the internet scares the crap out of me.....such as releasing bank account numbers and contact information. So I'll suck it up and do what I can.....

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Sometimes I really struggle here to know what to write next. How many posts can I make that basically say the same thing ? I walked across the border and I helped to feed a bunch of homeless people.....so I thought I'd try something a little different today. I hope it resonates with you.....

Each of these families has their own very unique story.....I thought I might tell one familys story while I share a few more pictures of the beautiful young people that are asking for a chance of a new life.....

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There is a family here living on this street, a father and mother and their children.....living under a single tarp, sleeping on cardboard boxes for mattresses, freezing night after night. The mother and father lived illegally in the U.S. for 15 years and all of their children were born in the U.S. and are citizens of the United States. The family had a home, the father and mother had jobs, the children lived normal kids lives, going to school, playing sports and had life long friends.....

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The father was caught driving without a license and their secret was revealed. He was turned over to ICE and eventually deported.....

One of the sons told me that the parents were really hard workers and were great parents. He said that his fathers former employer still sends the family money, even though it's been nearly a year. He said that the man is a good white man and that he doesn't hate Latinos, just like me (I assumed he meant that I too don't hate Latinos).....

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Since that day their nearly normal lives have completely been turned upside down. They have lost their jobs, their home, and were forced to sell or give away all of their possessions. The parents didn't have great jobs.....the father was a construction worker. They've never had much but now they have even less.....

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Now the entire family is in Mexico living here on the streets. The children do not know this country although they do fortunately speak the language.....

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It's so tough to see a family pay such a massive price for what the parents have done. And it's heartbreaking and heartwrenching to see their children suffer as they have.....

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Now the entire family is asking the U.S. to give them a second chance. They certainly are not criminals.....at least in my eyes they are not. They simply wanted a better life for their family, and I think we all want the same.....

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These faces.....so innocent.....her sweatshirt speaks volumes.....

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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
I fully understand the desire to stay free and unencumbered. As you probably remember I full timed for 8.5 years and often turned down opportunities that would have been an anchor. I know nothing about that Go-fund-me setup but it does sound like something I would steer clear of too. It’s just that some us would like to help, even if it is for Moonpies.

You’re already famous on here, and if you keep doing what your doing, sooner or later a news crew is going to discover you. It’s good news to us anyway.


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ITTOG

Active member
I feel terrible for those types of families. There is so much I want to say but won't because it could easily turn political. But great work and thanks for the real truth of what is happening there.
 

ClayH

Adventurer
I feel sorry for them as well but I wonder what kept them from immigrating legally? They are criminals for living here illegally and likely wont get a second chance.
 
Yesterday was a tough day to be a migrant.....temperatures in the 50's, breezy, light rain and downpours all day into the night.....

Ace.....(y)

Clay.....it really is powerful stuff. If you notice in my reply to Anonymous, I said "the timing was good" and I said that because every night I struggle when I lay my head down on my pillow. It's then that I have time to feel guilty about all that I've been given in life. His comments helped me at that moment as I typically relive my day each night, picturing all those innocent little faces until I can finally fall into a fitful sleep. Regarding your question, I do not know the answer.....

ITTOG.....yes, I think it's EXTREMELY important to keep politics out of this story. I support neither political party, no politician, nor do I participate in any religion. My goal has been and is for the remainder of my life to be independent of all influences and do as many right things as I can. Thanks for your support.....(y)

Sierra Valley.....travel is always teaching me new things.....thanks.....(y)



Here's just a few more pictures of some of the foods and supplies that I've been delivering to my new friends.....crayons are in high demand and I wouldn't doubt that I've delivered no less than 200 boxes so far. Another big seller (obviously they're free) is the kids shampoo bottles. Who would have thought that a five year old would value such a thing.....

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One idea I had was to supply them with solar lights. As soon as the sun sets they're all under their tarps.....without light. I'm so hopeful that these inexpensive solar lights (97 cents each at Walmart) will help light up their little spaces. I'll keep you posted on my successes.....

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Something that readers may wonder (as I did) is what kind of support are the migrants getting from the community of San Luis Rio Colorado. I was told that there's a church run shelter about 30 minutes walking from the migrants camp so of course I wanted to see it.....

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It turned out to be 1.25 miles to the shelter, not too bad for a single grown man (although the bum knee is still quite an issue).....I can't imagine doing it with my belongings and several small children in tow. My first impression was puzzlement over the compact size of the building.....how could this small building possibly service 170 migrant families.....

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My "guide" & friend seemed reluctant to share its location with me initially, and even more reluctant when I insisted on seeing the inside. No doubt pride had raised its ugly head into our friendship but I was able my assure my friend that I wasn't here to judge anyone but I wanted to experience as much as I could from their perspective.....

As I entered the building I saw a small lobby with several families lulling about.....

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Further to the rear of the building was this dining area with table & chairs. I was told that free meals are available here early in the mornings. I saw one small bedroom filled with bunk beds.....there was also a washing machine and dryer. There's a bathroom with shower(s) which I didn't see.....all of this is offered free to the migrants.....

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Our visit here couldn't have lasted more than 5 minutes. There was no hiding my friends discomfort with my presence so I certainly didn't want to infringe any further. I suggested we grab lunch so we met his father at the park where we all had typical Mexican food and bottles of Coca Colas. I shared my phone and Google and the boy caught up on his favorite American basketball teams.....

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And I'll finish this post with just a few more pictures of the children living on the streets of San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico.....

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It's 36 degrees this morning.....

A few nights ago I was taking a walk with the dogs and on the return to our spot in the back lot of the Walmart parking lot I spotted this guy "stealing" oranges (mostly) from this locked dumpster (labeled organic) behind the Walmart building. It was pretty ingenious what he was doing.....since the dumpster was only half filled he had two long boards and used them like giant tongs and would grab one orange at a time.....

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Now I'm always up for a look at most anything so I asked him to show me what he was after.....and this got me to thinking.....maybe Walmart could help me out.....

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The following morning I happened to cross paths with the Walmart management and subsequently found out that my rig was going to be towed off the lot that very day (I guess that nearly 3 weeks here had pushed my luck). I explained myself to the store manager and what happened next totally shocked me. He grabbed a cart, said follow me, and began walking the aisles filling the cart with food.....

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He was so thankful for what I was doing that he paid for all of this out of his own pocket. I left with bags of bread and hot dog rolls, bologna and hot dogs, soup, and bags of chips. He told me that he would cancel the tow truck and that I could stay as long as I pleased. I now have his phone number and he said call whenever I need help.....

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I guess that I've tried to shy away from preparing food but that morning I made 30 sandwiches.....then it was back across the border and time to hang out with my migrant friends.....

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Here in Mexico on this street that runs along the border wall with the United States, they call this guy the Gringo.....

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And let me tell you the Gringo loves his new knickname.....

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When these people see me now, you can't believe the smiles on their faces and they'll yell for me as if we're old friends.....

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I've asked for nothing in return for what I have given but it's truly amazing what they have given me and they really have no idea that they have.....

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Riversdad

New member
As sad as seeing this is, this part of your trip may also be my favorite. It gives me hope that there are good people left in what appears to be our new normal. Keep up the good work as long as it doesn't drag you down.
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Jerry I told you fame would come to you. Yay Gringo!

And hats off to the Walmart manager. But I’m surprised they wouldn’t give you notice before towing.


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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Jerry I told you fame would come to you. Yay Gringo!

And hats off to the Walmart manager. But I’m surprised they wouldn’t give you notice before towing.


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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Jerry I told you fame would come to you. Yay Gringo!

And hats off to the Walmart manager. But I’m surprised they wouldn’t give you notice before towing.


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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Jerry I told you fame would come to you. Yay Gringo!

And hats off to the Walmart manager. But I’m surprised they wouldn’t give you notice before towing.


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Dougnuts

Observer
Tonight, I was at a gala fundraiser for a friend’s non-profit that provides mosquito nets for Uganda. One thing he said in his speech was “God is bigger than this country.”

Now, much like Jerry, I am not a religious man, but in that moment I thought of Jerry and what he’s doing for people in Mexico. Jerry, sometimes the people you help are also the people who see you lead by example. Much love, my friend.
 
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