Independence Day at Karnes Detention Center

This Independence Day I would like to share the overwhelming theme of every woman I have met this week. They are families coming to our country seeking better lives for themselves and for their children. They are taking months to walk here from countries in Central America, facing assault and robbery along the way. They are doing this with hope and with the promise of what our Statue of Liberty says: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” They are literally dropping everything and coming here to avoid having their children murdered, kidnapped, or raped.

I wanted to come to do this pro bono work this week because I couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating all the promise our country has to offer than to assist the persecuted in rebuilding here, with literally nothing but the clothes on their backs. I have had the privilege of being the first person outside the US government that some of these women have met since arriving in the US, and that is going to stay with me forever. My sincere hope is that our nation will find its way back to our fundamental values.