Explanations, Immigration

My Birthday Wish: No More Deaths

Facebook has this cool Causes application that allows you to raise money for your favorite cause by soliciting donations for your birthday;  I did it once a couple of years back (when I was more social, haha) and was surprised to accumulate about $95 for my cause.  I’m doing it again this year for the same cause, No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes which provides direct aid in the desert for migrants crossing the borderlands on foot.  I used to do the summer patrols in Southern AZ and encountered numerous migrants before I met DH so I was very surprised when he told me that’s how he and his family came into the U.S.

I figured he’s white so he must have had a visa and overstayed.  I was wrong.  It scares me to think how easily they could have been hurt or gotten lost like many people do.  DH’s mom began to worry about how little water they had and they fell behind the main group.  Their coyote left them, he wasn’t much help anyway and they suspected he had very little experience crossing the desert.  Still, he could have threatened them or hurt them but he didn’t.  He did leave them, which is a death sentence for countless migrants whose bodies are later found by No More Deaths volunteers.

So DH’s family decided to find the main road and flag down help.  They were found by a border patrol agent who assumed they were having car problems and didn’t suspect they had just crossed the border on foot.  DH’s dad told the agent the whole story; the agent took them into custody and they were later released (after a lot of legal maneuvering) to pursue an asylum case.  Isn’t it strange how life works out?

Anyway, I wanted to hit you up for money for my birthday.  Will you please donate to No More Deaths? Thank you.

At a migrant center set up to service those who are just deported to Mexico.

Please share this post.  Thanks again.

Educational, Immigration

The Migrant Trail

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in Arizona is bat shit crazy (although it is a small minority and if you are Hispanic or Hispanic/foreign-looking you should probably be quiet about it.  Or else.).  There are many people and organizations here who have a longer view of history and the border and act as advocates for those who find themselves making that journey across.  One of the major events that occurs yearly in AZ is The Migrant Trail in which a diverse group of people come together to bear witness to the things that happen in our borderlands. 

Our Vision:
The precarious reality of our borderlands calls us to walk.  We are a spiritually diverse, multi-cultural group who walk together on a journey of peace to remember people, friends and family who have died, others who have crossed, and people who continue to come.  We bear witness to the tragedy of death and of the inhumanity in our midst.  Lastly, we walk as a community, in defiance of the borders that attempt to divide us, committed to working together for the human dignity of all peoples.

Join us for the seventh annual 75-mile journey from Sásabe, Sonora to Tucson, Arizona in solidarity with our migrant sisters and brothers who have walked this trail and lost their lives. We bear witness to the lives that are lost, the families who mourn, and the communities that suffer the divisions that borders wreak on all of us.

I didn’t participate this year (I have in the past) but my mom continues to do it every year.  She has allowed me to post her pictures from the journey.