Trying to make a difference on both sides of border issue


Nearly 75% of Americans say the situation at the southern border with Mexico is a crisis.

And while not everyone agrees on the route that Congress and the Trump administration should take, many believe that more needs to be done to address the issue.

But some are taking matters into their own hands.

The organization “We Build the Wall” says it has raised millions of dollars to build its own stretch of border wall in New Mexico.

The effort started with Brian Kolfage, a military veteran who was tired of what he calls “inaction from Congress.”

“We were promised border security and that is something that was close to me,” he said. “I wanted border security.”

Meanwhile, in El Paso, Texas, Sylvia Borunda Firth, an attorney, is taking a very different approach.

She volunteers pro-bono, assisting asylum seekers in the early stages of their immigration proceedings at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.

“I was lucky enough to get a law degree, and I felt like it was time to give back and if I could in any way to help in this crisis situation,” she said. “The family separation stuff was really what made me feel like ‘this is not America’ and these people need help

Firth says she first helped at local shelters, but later decided that what she was doing wasn’t enough. “Even though I didn’t have any training in immigration law, I was looking for a way to try to help,” she said.

Neither Firth nor Kolfage see their work as the ultimate solution….

“This is a band-aid to the problem,” Kolfage said. “The problem, you know, is the cartels across the border. We’re not doing what we need to do as a country to address that problem.”

Like Kolfage, Firth is tired of waiting.

“Surely, we can rise to fix this,”” she said. “I’m just hopeful that something will happen.”

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