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Articles by Michael Seifert | Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network
What’s Driving Migrant Kids to Flee? Take a Guess

What’s Driving Migrant Kids to Flee? Take a Guess

Sara is from San Pedro Sula, a large city in Honduras. She has wiry hair and a four year old who has figured out how to knot one of her bags to her small backpack. I met her in Brownsville, as she was waiting for a bus to take her to New Orleans. After visiting [...]
Unaccompanied Kids at Border: ‘Nuisance’ or Blessing?On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the United States. Because I had some time before we were supposed to [...]
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Alongside the U.S.-Mexico Border, There is a ‘Beast’Several times a day, a train rumbles through our neighborhood. Johnny Cash may sing wistfully about the lonesome locomotive’s whistle, but there is nothing romantic about this train’s horn. The blasts come every few seconds as the long line of boxcars pass churches, parks and schools. The constant racket of the rails is a reminder [...]
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From the Scripture: Strangers, They are Hungry and AngelsFor those who live alongside a border, hospitality is at once a virtue and an expectation. The coming and going of strangers is, at the same time, exotic and normal. The sharing of bread is a necessity and a privilege. As a border resident, I enjoy learning new ways to practice hospitality. Recently, I was [...]
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A Texas Family Gains Something Universal – More SpaceThere are more than 1,200 shanty towns along the border in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. These neighborhoods are known as colonias. They typically feature what happens when poor peoples’ dreams run smack up against the implacable, tight-fisted politics of the second richest state in the union. In the case of colonias, 300,000 people [...]
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A Wage of $15 an Hour? ‘Improbable but not Impossible’Two weeks ago, Pope Francis published Evangelii Guadium, annoying more than one supporter of the status quo. In that letter, the Pope noted, pointedly, that  “Today we have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when [...]
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Lost Lives Along the U.S.-Mexico BorderA week ago, on a glorious October Saturday evening, two of our grandchildren had requested help in preparing Halloween costumes. The girl’s outfit came together quickly, but the boy’s was complicated, as he needed a sword and a shield. We took the project to our front yard, as spray paint was involved, as well as [...]
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Five Cold Tacos, One Question and Loved Ones Back HomeThey are good kids. They meet regularly as a youth group and do things together. Last year, they helped bring a public smoking ban to their city. The year before that, they initiated a community-wide trash pickup. Tons of broken appliances, used auto tires, mattresses and other casualties of modern life were carted away. Now, [...]
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Shoes & School: Like New Year’s & Tamales, They Match“You take this shoestring and make a loop. The loop is a tree. This other shoestring is the squirrel. Run him around the tree and then have him jump through a hole in the tree and out the other side!” The four, almost five, year old seems to like the idea of running a squirrel [...]
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Police Chief: ‘What is it That You are Doing Here?’On a warm Tuesday morning a couple of weeks back, I was standing on a street corner in a small town in south Texas. I had on a new shirt and I had ironed my pants nicely. I was wearing the sort of pleasant smile that my mom had taught me to use when in [...]
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