This week the owner of my favorite Mexican restaurant in Baltimore, Rosalyn Vera, got death and arson1 threats. I could have been a bystander, but I tapped into my network and asked for help and she has received it. It’s been great to see the power of the community in action.
The backstory So, I use R and Bioconductor for work and I get to witness the warmth and mostly friendly #rstats community where daily people ask for help and get it.
Today, September 19th 2018, Dan Rodricks (Twitter: DanRodricks) published an article in the Baltimore Sun. The article was shared to me with the title I only thought this happened to Mexicans1 and is currently titled2 as “Rodricks: Hopkins library specialist hit by immigration crackdown after being blindsided by visa denial”.
I didn’t like the title at all nor did I feel right when reading the article. I shared it with about 50 other Mexicans in Baltimore3, talked about it over dinner, discussed a bit with Hopkins colleagues, and now thanks to all of them I have a clearer idea of what my problems with this article are.
Today I attended the special panel discussion event at JHSPH called “Separated: Children Separation at the Border A Health and Human Rights Perspective”. It got my mind racing and here’s an idea. It’s likely (definitely) incomplete, but maybe it’ll get others to think on related ideas.
Panel summary The panel was composed by:
Colleen Kraft, President, American Academy of Pediatrics Eric Schwartz, President, Refugee International George Escobar, Chief of Program and Services, CASA de Maryland Paul Spiegel, Director, Center for Humanitarian Health I missed the first 30 minutes or so but I still got to listen to most of it.
tl;dr There is a 600 million to 2 billion USD annual market related to crossing the Mexico-US border. Allow temporary work visas (say 3 years) to take over this market and use the money to boost the US Border Patrol to build a wall of eyes, not a physical wall.
President Trump of the United States of America,
cc President Peña Nieto of the United Mexican States
Today, Wednesday January 25th 2017, you are expected to announce your plans about building a wall between the United States and Mexico.