Josh Norman brings hope to border children

"I did not start this. But I will help to end this."

Brian Tinsman
June 29, 2018 - 12:30 am
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For several weeks, the prevailing political discussion in Washington, D.C., and beyond is what to do about the immigrant children and their families along our southern border.

While it has launched a war of words ahead of the 2018 elections, few decision-makers have even bothered to visit the area, much less try to fix the issues.

Then there's Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, who used his weeks of precious summer vacation to help make a measurable difference for the children affected.

Together, with the help of New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis and immigration legal service RAICES, Norman delivered backpacks full of toys, school supplies and necessities to children just leaving from the immigration detention centers.

He explained to Mike Jones of the USA TODAY that it was never about getting recognition--it was about doing the right thing.

“Put yourself in somebody else’s shoes,” Norman told USA TODAY Sports. “They’ve got nothing, come here seeking asylum, know nothing of where they’re going to, other than that it’s gotta be better than where they were.

"Then you get to this place, and they treat you like less than a dog. We’ve lost our touch as a humanity. This is about the kids. So, I never hesitated when the Lord said go."

In total, the duo made two trips to Walmart, collected more than a dozen carts of supplies, stuffed the supplies into bags and barely slept on the trip. They met with about 60 children, bought them a meal and showed a much warmer welcome to the U.S.

No matter how you feel about immigration policy, this is a non-political issue.

“It really doesn’t take a lot to be a good human," Norman told USA TODAY. "We can’t do anything about the people running our government and making the laws, besides voting for them. But you don’t have to agree with laws to do some good. Just try to change lives. Try to show some love."

 

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