Rafa promised to return for Guardian, his best friend – El Sol de México

Rafa promised to return for Guardian, his best friend.

Column: Stories of the State Number 33. (No. 30)

Rafa has two very marked weaknesses: he loves his family above all things and he also loves his dog, a white boxer that his father gave him before he died. Rafa raised that dog not as a pet but as the most faithful of his friends. “I will call him Guardian, because that is what he does with our family: take care of us!” Rafa responded when his father asked him what he would call him. Rafa’s father died a year after adopting Guardian. From then on, Rafa understood that now he and his dog would be in charge of taking care of the family. When insecurity worsened in his native Tamaulipas, Rafa decided to migrate to the United States, but he did so knowing that at home he was leaving his faithful friend in the care of what he loved most. “I will come back for mom and I will also do it for you, my great friend,” Rafa said in one of his ears to that boxer who looked at him with the sadness of someone who knows that it is a farewell. Rafa crossed himself and waved goodbye to his mother, who was watching him from the door of his house with his faithful Guardian on one side.

Migration is an act that is born from the love of people who have had to leave their home to improve the quality of life of their loved ones. Rafa’s story is an example of this, and it is also the story of many Mexicans who, not having the ideal conditions to live, decide to migrate. Now that we are living in electoral times in both the United States and Mexico, the big question is will the issue of migration be taken seriously or will we continue to see it used as a key that opens the doors of popularity? While the campaigns and discussions between the US and Mexican governments move from politics to facts, we see that migration is flowing and that we cannot and should not stop it. Just as a volunteer from a migrant shelter told me: “These people are good, they have jobs and professions. They are like water that generates life in its wake.”

We are a few weeks away from the presidential elections in Mexico and a few months away from the elections in the United States and we can see that the phenomenon of migration is no longer limited to those seeking to reach the American Union. Now, many migrants already living in the United States are leaving farms, construction sites and transportation companies for fear of being deported due to the anti-immigrant laws that have been implemented recently. These situations are thermometers of what is currently happening and what those who win the elections in both countries will face. Will those who aspire to be president be ready? They should be!

Finally, the phone rang at Rafa’s house. “I’m already across, mom! Thank God, I’ve already crossed!” Rafa said, very excited and with tears breaking his voice. After three failed attempts to cross the border and a fierce attack by the border guard, Rafa and a group of migrants managed to overcome the Río Bravo. Hearing Rafa’s voice on the phone, Guardian barked like he hadn’t done in a long time. Those euphoric barks were all Rafa needed to hear to feel a little relief, knowing that her best friend was taking care of his mother. Now, Rafa knew that he could fight his next battle: conquer the “American dream” to, as he promised, return one day for the two things he loves most in life.

Dr. Juan Hernandez

Migration analyst

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