Friendship Park has served as a gateway between the United States/Mexico border for decades. Countless have come to this open parkland to congregate in celebration during holidays, and as well to see loved ones. It is here that monthly get-togethers, and family reunions have been created by Enrique Moronoes and Border Angels.

So it is with great dismay I report that the new border patrol chief, Rodney S. Scott, has suddenly changed hours and love @ Friendship Park. New size limits and rules. No "opening the door of hope" in 2018. No more large families, as 10 people total in new size limit, visits now limited to 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. Reduced space for children to play. Previously approved disabled children’s Telethon hug event canceled.

Enrique commented on this lamentable change : "We shall over come, as Love always conquers hate". This Sunday February 12th, we will have songs of love at Friendship park.

"I have been coming to Friendship Park area since the 1970's when I used to run on the beach, now there is a wall, a reduced friendship park space, more limits on being able to simply love your neighbor. Twenty-five hate mongers allowed to protest at Chicano Park, last Sunday, February fourth. And as of this new ruling, only ten loving family members are allowed to enter Friendship Park this past Saturday. We are outraged, and paying attention. Love, has no borders" Enrique Morones, Border Angels.”

There is an effort to wear down those impacted by deportation, family separations, amidst the threat of being deported. California is a sanctuary state. The majority of Californians have already made it clear that we do not approve of the increase in deportation and the forced removal of those who are simply trying to make a decent life for themselves and their families. Those that have been affected by deportation have relied on gatherings at Friendship Park

Friendship Park has been a place of joy, comfort, and love to the countless who have journeyed there to feel the warmth of their full community. It is where countless attend events created by Border Angels. But now with the new border patrol chief revising the rules these new restrictions are hampering plans to bring families together at this historic location, on the San Diego side of the U.S./Mexican border.

Tish Lampert


Tish Lampert