Enrique Morones is the Executive Director of Border Angels.
- A society is judged on how we treat our children, and as a society, we have not done a good job. This year children is the theme for Border Angels.
- What led Morones to establish Border Angels? He saw migrant workers and families in the San Diego area living in canyons; they were field workers.
- The organization practices non-violence.
- People do need to know about activist work. How can they (others) help you if they do not know what is going on?
- Another product of NAFTA: screwed Mexican farmers as the U.S.-subsidized farm products were cheaper and flooded Mexico. This is another reason for Mexican migrations north.
- Operation Gatekeeper, a wall between San Diego and Tijuana. 10,000 lives lost.
- Why do people migrate? A search for food is a universal reason.
- Another reason: family reunification. Family reunification is a universal right.
- For those who whine, "let them get in line," there is NO line. Low income workers do NOT qualify for visas.
- Morones and his organization and other activists ask for humane immigration policies.
- We can be silent. Speak up peacefully. Know the issues and vote.
- There are immoral laws, and those laws need to be changed.
- Overcome hate with love. Even pray for your enemies and perpetrators because they were not born that way. Something went wrong with those who hate.
- For our students, a reminder that a lot of people are counting on them.
- Urging folks to find a local organization to be involved in social justice.
Enrique Morones, with Richard Griswold del Castillo, The Power of One: The Story of the Border Angels. San Diego, CA: San Diego State University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-879691-99-5.