A Matter of Curiosity

RECEIVED Wed., Aug. 8, 2018

Dear Editor,
    My name is Brennon Zavaleta and I am a Boy Scout of 1st Class Rank. For my Communications Merit badge, I am asked to send a letter (e-mail) to a newspaper.
    I read through recent stories and the one that caught my eye was the article labeled "A Change in Direction for the Texas Civil Rights Project," [News, Aug. 3]. I read it over and could see both sides of the issue, the criticism of Mimi Marziani, as well as the reasons behind why she is making the changes that are being discussed. The way I took the matter of withdrawing from El Paso is that it will certainly be a source of problems in the short run. People who need help now, may not get it. But if I understood the rest correctly, then it makes sense as a strategic move to benefit the long run and state as a whole. Added to the fact that in her statement she said they weren't leaving El Paso in the sense that they still take cases from there including the refugee family separation crisis.
    I hope the decisions that she is making will benefit the future as well as continue to do the good work that needs doing now!
    I do have a few questions to help me understand the issue further:
    What is the full extent and effect of the separation of families due to the immigration policies?
    Why would we not allow immigrants into the States seeing as we are a nation built in immigrants?
    Why is asylum being denied to refugees?
    Will/could Mimi Marziani removing the non-profit office from El Paso affect the ability to resolve Refugee cases?
    I would love to understand the political and social issues of America a little better, seeing as I will be a voter and working citizen in not too long! Any information to shed light on some of my questions would be greatly appreciated.
Brennon Zavaleta
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