Yesterday was "Un dia sin immigrante" "A day without an immigrant." I stood at the corner of Highway 301 and State Road 674 with Mexican immigrants from the Wimauma, Florida area. Everyone wore white shirts. We waved at trucks and cars. Most were encouraging.
The fields where tomatoes and strawberries have been grown in this rural part of Hillsborough County are filling with housing developments. Migrant farm workers are becoming settled with jobs in construction and health care.
We were just down the road from the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry. There is a library there in the charter school that friends helped me to stock with books. A few summers ago I worked at the library's e-library at the Bethune Rec. Center with youth from the area.
I see the kids around...mostly grown up now. They have lived here most of their lives. How wrong to send them back.
There are several libraries within 10 miles but no other librarians were at the Wimauma demonstration. These are the people with whom we need to stand.