Michael Seifert has spent the last thirty years living alongside the Texas/Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. He began his professional career as a priest for the Marist Fathers, working first in southern Mexico and then in the colonias of south Texas. He served as the Network Weaver for the RGV Equal Voice Network from 2009 until 2017. He has now assumed responsibility as the Border Advocacy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas. He posts occasional thoughts at https://alongsideaborder.com/.