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Shows of Solidarity With Migrant Caravan Amid US Tear Gas
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33791"><span class="small">teleSUR</span></a>   
Friday, 30 November 2018 13:36

Excerpt: "Protesters supporting the migrant caravan in Tijuana, Mexico marched next to the border wall with Mexico in San Diego, California to show their solidarity."

A rally in support of those waiting to claim asylum in the U.S. (photo: Reuters)
A rally in support of those waiting to claim asylum in the U.S. (photo: Reuters)


Shows of Solidarity With Migrant Caravan Amid US Tear Gas

By teleSUR

30 November 18


Protesters supporting the migrant caravan in Tijuana, Mexico marched next to the border wall with Mexico in San Diego, California to show their solidarity.

rotesters supporting the migrant caravan in Tijuana, Mexico marched next to the border wall with Mexico in San Diego, California to show their solidarity.

The journey of Central American asylum seekers has been dangerous. They have crossed zones controlled by drug-trafficking cartels, slept rough at night, faced harsher weather conditions in northern Mexico and anti-immigrant bigots.

On Sunday, after a group attempted to breach the border, entire families faced U.S. Border Patrol agents who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them. However, it's not all violence and racism. That same day, people rallied on the U.S. side of the border in support of the migrants and their rights to request asylum.


People in the San Diego neighborhood of San Ysidro, a port of entry from Tijuana, rallied to show solidarity for the plight of Central American migrant. As migrants neared the border, U.S. border agents shot tear gas and U.S. security force helicopters shot rubber bullets at the unarmed asylum seekers while they were still in Mexican territory. (Photo: Reuters)


A woman carries a sign commemorating Claudia Gomez, a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala who was shot dead by border patrol agents in Texas earlier this year. (Photo: Reuters)


Along the border wall, proesters hold up signs reading "Shut Down I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Now!" Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, I.CE. has been granted more power to seek out, arrest, and deport undocumented immigrants. (Photo: Reuters)


Trump continues to insist that the caravan is made up of “criminals.” The U.S. is legally obliged to receive asylum seekers onto its soil but, just as it did last May, the Donald Trump administration is doing everything it can to prevent asylum requests from being filed. (Photo: Reuters)


The protesters shut down some streets in the San Diego neighborhood. On the other side of the border, Tijuana's mayor declared an international humanitarian crisis and requested assistance from the United Nations. Around 5,000 migrants are occupying a make-shift camp in the town, (Photo: Reuters)


U.N. officials have repeatedly urged Washington to ensure asylum seekers are protected, but U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Mexico should send migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. back to their home countries. (Photo: Reuters)


For over a month, people fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have been trekking across Central America and Mexico, hoping to reach the U.S. border. (Photo: Reuters)


The protest in San Ysidro is not the first show of solidarity to the migrant exodus. Along their journey from Honduras across Central America to the U.S./Mexico border, residents of towns, churches, and others have offered food, places to rest, and medical attention. (Photo: Reuters)

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+1 # suzyskier 2018-12-01 10:24
I’m pleased to see Americans standing up for people fleeing from the horrifying violence going on in Central America! We used to be proud of our immigrant past, now with Trump unless you can prove you are an “Aryan” forget it. Chills of the past have arrived on our shores from another nutty leader. Well he’s not simply nutty he’s dangerous and delusional. Why is he still in office is the question of the decade, how is he allowed to treat humans like trash, to keep very young children prisoners? The USA has turned upside down ans inside out by people who only care to enrich themselves.
 
 
0 # DLPost 2018-12-01 16:15
They are NOT a "migrant caravan". They are refugees seeking asylum. STOP LETTING TRUMP FRAME THE ISSUE. Don't use his words. Use your head. Call them what they are - refugees seeking asylum.