El Paso’s own astronaut Danny Olivas headed back to El Paso amid the immigration showdown to show his support for the children seeking asylum.
The native El Pasoan is raising money to help immigrant children.
Olivas guided one of his sons through Smelter Cemetery in West El Paso. Most grave sites are unmarked. One is where Valente Olivas was laid to rest. He is Danny Olivas’ great-grandfather.
“This whole immigration debate has caused me to really go back and reflect who I am and why I’m here. This has been a way to be able to connect personally with my history,” said Olivas.
Olivas has now started a campaign to raise money for the Diocesan of Migrant and Refugee Services to provide legal representation to children seeking asylum in the United States.
“Even if we make a difference for just one child, we don’t know what that child is going to be able to bring back to us in this country,” said Olivas.
He wants others, especially children, to be given a chance just as his great-grandfather was given when he arrived in El Paso at the age of 10.
“Being given afforded the opportunity to be part of the American dream, is one of the reasons why I was able to do, what I was able to do in my lifetime,” said Olivas.
Olivas believes immigrant children caught in the middle of this immigration battle deserve legal aid.
“The law here in the U.S. Is very complicated. So these advocates are extremely important for them to have in order for them to get their fair shot at being an American,” said Olivas.
It costs about $1,800 to provide legal representation for an immigrant. Olivas has a goal of raising enough money to help ten children.
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