Since my last report we have continued to look for the missing young man, Julio, without success. Every day his father calls Eddie to check about the search. The second place that we looked was under a roadway bridge. People had been there at one point because we found rusted out food cans and a very trampled and weather-beaten cell phone. I am currently inquiring about information on the phone that is still readable. The third place we hope to check is a construction site which has not been open.
I am beginning to understand a barrier to our searches – fences. Fences keep us out, and we can hardly see anything from the road. We’ve learned that the migrants run 30 to 45 minutes in from the roadway. So we try to narrow down which ranch they might be on and then get permission to go in. Neither is a simple process.
Marcelino is also looking for a missing migrant. He has been in our office for two days. I believe that he has been asked to pursue the missing relative because he himself has papers. Family members without papers do not wish to expose themselves in the search. He shares the information he has and then he sits. He sits all day, without complaint. He waits for new evidence or a phone call to say that his friend has been found. Eddie has been working on this case since last week. Eight persons were left behind in small groups, yet Marcelino’s friend was left alone. None have been found. Eddie shares any information that he gets with the border patrol who have been looking at this time. Everyday Eddie calls local sheriffs and the border patrol to see if anyone has been found. Marcelino is here again today.
Yesterday, I took my first intake by phone. The caller speaks English and is “a friend of a friend.” Dany, from Honduras, has not been heard from in three weeks. He was left behind in our area when he could no longer walk. The woman is to call back today after talking with Dany’s mother in Honduras to try to get more details.
Later on the way to look at the construction site, we passed a low flying helicopter and border patrol on the ground. We stopped to talk to the border patrol. Seemingly about seven migrants were found alive. One woman among them had already been taken by EMS.
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“. . .Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:41