Lauritza Suarez seemed round her in disgust. Is it actually price it? She had simply made the 4771 kilometer trek from her dwelling city of Catacamas, Honduras to Tijuana, Mexico, her two bastard kids in tow, the results of a number of rapes by the hands of a minor Cartel don again dwelling. She thought again throughout the lengthy 9 month trek, the place she had been compelled to give up her physique in alternate for sustenance and lodging for her meager household. However this smelly, sizzling, dusty, overcrowded Tijuana was not what she had anticipated. The organizers of this caravan of over 2500 souls had painted a far rosy image of their trek north. All they needed to do was to point out up on the border of ‘Norte America,’ fill out a couple of meaningless scraps of paper, after which she and her household could be ushered into that land of milk and honey. All their needs eliminated, ample, significant work, loads of food and drinks, and heat, comfy dwelling lodging.
A lot bullshit. Slowly, actuality sank in: it could be weeks, maybe months on this bordertown hell gap earlier than something would occur. The place was the work? The place had been the ‘comfy lodging’? All lies. She sighed, checked out her kids enjoying unconcerned round and between her legs. What a waste.
The Mexican authorities man that had helped her fill out the ‘meaningless’ paperwork and had promised faithfully to get it to the US consulate, had cautioned her about being overly optimistic.
“Do not get your hopes up,” he had mentioned. “There’s lots of people right here earlier than you. You are not distinctive. Be affected person, although. One thing good is sure to occur.”
Then he turned and walked away, whistling a faint tune.
Wait and see. She took a sip from the bottled water she’d purchased from a reduction avenue vendor. There was a faint style of business chemical substances. She grimaced. Not less than it is higher than the native faucet water. Aside from the fixed menace of the violent Honduran cartels and the dearth of labor, I would have been higher off simply staying dwelling and submitting that paperwork by means of the native US consulate. Not less than I would have been spared that arduous stroll and the youngsters the indignities of sleeping with strangers.
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As an alternative of getting to make that lengthy, painful march, solely to be dissatisfied when huddled throughout the border from ‘Norte America,’ killing time ready for paperwork to be processed, what if when these migrants crossed into Mexico, the Mexican authorities helped them fill in that ‘meaningless’ paperwork, after which directed them to an space within the Yucatan peninsula identified to be suffering from overgrown historical pre-Columbian ruins needing to be exhumed and examined?
There they may very well be teamed up with college students from Berkeley’s Historical Americas Archeological Preservation Division, graciously funded by the Pelosi Basis for American Research, and, in a konga-line formation, employed to find, unearth, and rebuild these historical monuments to gone civilizations whereas they waited for his or her paperwork to be processed.
Moreover, with ample clear, recent water, these now-productive trekkers, had been free to eat all of the healthful vegetation they may take away, and eat all of the animals they may seize. Sleeping tents could be supplied at minimal expense by the Pelosi Basis.
These migrating folks would study new abilities, akin to sharpening machetes, repairing shovel handles, and the proper use of adzes. They might have all of the recent and healthful meals they may collect. They might have the advantages of unpolluted air and clear dwelling areas, not like what they had been experiencing, cooped up within the insect- and rodent- infested ‘camps’ alongside the border.