"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Not long ago, a business trip to El Paso and Juarez on the other side was a lot of fun. First, the people are great. Second, the restaurants offered a variety of food and December gave you a taste of Christmas decorations highlighting the mixed border culture.
Not this year. El Paso is now all about the border crisis. This is from the Texas Tribune:
The emergency declaration that allows El Paso to protect migrants by taking them off the streets and putting them in temporary shelters was extended for 30 days during a special City Council meeting Friday night.
For the past six months, El Paso has been the epicenter of a migrant influx that does not appear to be letting up and may get worse if Title 42 is lifted next week.
Title 42 is a COVID-19 public health order initiated by President Trump in 2020 and expanded by President Biden that allowed border agents to immediately expel many migrants without an opportunity to request asylum. The Supreme Court is reviewing a federal judge’s ruling from November that the program must end.
My friends in El Paso are saying enough is enough. It's a mixed message. On one hand, they sympathize with the arrivals, especially the ones from Venezuela. Some are helping with a smile and charity. On the other hand, they don't think that their city can take this anymore. I had a friend tell me in Spanish something about not having the space for all the arrivals. He added that it was more sensible when they stayed in Mexico or President Trump's order canceled in 2021.
So what's next? It depends who you ask. The White House keeps putting off presenting a program to do anything. The people that I spoke with in El Paso want the matter resolved immediately.
Last, but not least, we've had three days of frigid temperatures with wind chill factors that remind me of living in Wisconsin. The cold weather is complicating things all over. It's like a perfect storm: below-freezing temperatures and a rise in migrant crossings at the Texas-Mexico border.
People are screaming for help in El Paso and longing for those days of yesteryear when they celebrated their bilingual "Christmas-Navidad" with family and cheer. "No se puede" in 2022!
We remember Carlton Fisk who was born in Vermont on this day in 1947. We remember him for that 12th inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. I saw that live on TV and it was a great moment and game. Beyond that, Fisk also had a great career: .269 career batting average, 2,356 hits, 376 HR and 1,330 RBI. On May 8, 1984 Fisk caught all 25 innings in a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee. Isn't that like playing 3 games in one day? A week later, he hit for the cycle! His best season was 1985: 37 HR and 105 RBI. Great catcher and ambassador for the game of baseball.