The various disappointments expressed by Humphrey fellows over the inability to cross over to Mexico due to security reasons soon turned to excitements.The first day of the Enhancement workshop tagged, ‘Trans border issues: Impacting the people, politicians and pro-activists saw different speakers share insights on the political, economic and social atmosphere before and during the call for the wall.
Listening to officers of the US Border and Protection agency explaining the various measures on ground to apprehend and to discourage people from coming into the US, one would really wonder if there’s really a need to replace the existing fence with a wall.
For the US consulate in Nogales, Senora Mexico and The Mexican Consulate in Nogales Arizona, the two countries have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship that would continue for a long time. Nevertheless, every country has a right to make diplomatic decisions beneficial to them.
For one the longest serving sheriffs, Tony Estrada, these constant calls for erecting a wall is putting a lot of pressure on the county, which is his words, is not fair and overstretching their resources.
The tour also included a trip to one of the oldest church around. Over 300 years and still standing- San Xavier, Spanish Catholic commission established in 1797.