BORDER ANGELS - SAVING LIVES, MAKING A DIFFERENCE

ABA Journal: Midyear meeting tour provides an up-close look at immigration issues

During this year’s ABA Midyear Meeting in February, Morones and the CBP both hosted groups of attorneys exploring immigration law issues as part of a day of programming celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ABA’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (formerly the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities). And the ABA Commission on Immigration held a similar tour. The CRSJ event explored the enforcement side of immigration law, the human costs and the legal issues that underlie both. Participants chose between a ride-along with Customs and Border Protection and a trip to the high desert of Jacumba, California, with Morones, who runs the San Diego nonprofit Border Angels. Morones regularly makes the trek in order to leave caches of water and food for migrants crossing the border without authorization. In the heat of summer, those supplies can be the difference between life and death for migrants.

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