Yes Day stars Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez have spent some time meeting with families at a migrant shelter on the US-Mexico border.
Jen, an ambassador for international humanitarian organisation Save The Children, took to Instagram to share a video of their trip to Casa Alitas in Tucson, Arizona as well as a list of six “takeaways” from speaking with the men, women and children there:
“1. Édgar says it best: No one wants to leave home. Children and families are arriving to the US-Mexico border, having fled unimaginable violence and disasters in their home countries,” Jen begins.
“2. Climate migration is not a problem of the future, it is happening now. Save the Children warns of multiple countries expected to descend from drought into famine next year.”
Her third point is about how border patrol officers and humanitarian aid workers are in fact working on different sides of the same problem: “They have the same message: we need immigration reform.”
She also praised the work Save The Children is doing to help vulnerable children in the shelters and highlighted the one thing she saw over and over again during her stay – that “people are good.”
“Along with the incredible people who welcome weary travellers to Casa Alitas, we met organisation offering legal services, doctors volunteering medical care, and we spent time with the Green Valley -Sahuarita Samaritans, who took Edgar and me to crosses marking bodies dound along the migrant’s desert path.
In her video, Jen can be seen observing two different memorials for migrants who had died during their journey. She and Édgar also play and read stories to children, serve soup and fruit cups to adults and go on a tour of the facilities.
She ends her post by sharing “this is a thorny, politicised issue, but with babies and children at the centre – it is on us to keep working together towards solutions.”
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