By: Roxane Ramos
One of the main ways the Kino Border Initiative works toward a more compassionate and practical immigration policy is by sponsoring research projects and advocating for migrants at the border.
The migrants and their struggles are a critical part of life on the borderlands, and the KBI works to ensure the safety and well-being of all who come for food, shelter, medical attention or spiritual support. But how the reality of the border translates into numbers, trends, and statistics is also significant, helping to make a strong case for immigration reform to constituencies in the U.S. and Mexico, government agencies, legislators, policy makers, and the world at large. So in addition to direct aid and education, the KBI:
• Conducts an ongoing survey of men and women who gather at the outreach center (or comedor) and stay at the shelter.
• Invites academics and researchers who wish to explore immigration and border issues more closely.
• Collaborates with a range of partners in education, policy development, direct service, social justice and human rights.
• Offers testimony at Congressional hearings to promote family unity and address issues of family separation.
Your continuing support allows the KBI to conduct this important part of its mission. To make a donation and contribute to this far-reaching work, go to: https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/get-involved/donate/