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Audio: From Mexico, the Reality of the Migrant Caravan
A caravan of mostly Honduran migrants is making a dangerous trek through Mexico, toward the U.S. border. Our reporter spent a week with the people who make up the caravan and found that the vitriolic rhetoric from the American right is the least of their concerns. A group of progressive women in Texas has organized secretly, to avoid retaliation by neighbors and friends.
A group of thousands of migrants is making a dangerous trek toward the U.S. border. The rhetoric on the right is the least of their concerns.
Tsk…carol…misplaced modifier. What it would say (according to 45 & friends), “A caravan of mostly dangerous Honduran migrants is making a trek…”
How sad that these people are treated as criminals by Trump. Nobody would risk traveling by foot without decent water and food, and perhaps with children, unless they were totally desperate to survive. I can’t imagine the hardships they are enduring. Trump is a con man and an opportunist who uses these poor people for political gain.
As the immigration debate rages, they quietly count on the dead and memorializes them with quilts
by DRBYOS OCTOBER 31, 2018
…The enormous migrant caravan or people currently walking to the US-Mexico border, some with baby strollers, has added fuel to the country’s raging immigration debate as President Trump called it “invasion” of Central Americans, and he is sending US troops and razor wire to the border.
But for Jody Ipsen, an American woman who lives near the border, the immigration issue is much more quiet and bleak. For more than a decade, Ipsen has been keeping track of how many people on their journey to the United States, and they have them in quilts, then the quilts around the country.
“It’s an emotionally charged project – I feel like I’ve been living in grief for the past 11 years,” Ipsen said. “Still, it’s so important to humanize these people.”
Ipsen learns the names of the Pima County medical examiner. When their names are not known, they and other volunteer quilters stitch “desconocido,” Spanish for unknown – or in the most heartbreaking patchwork, “baby” for an unknown infant who has died.
The quilts are filled with the names of the 3,200 bodies that have been found since 2000 along the 262-mile stretch of Arizona desert on the US-Mexico border called the Tucson Sector.
…She said that Illinois employee Jamie Pasillas, who was sent back to Mexico when his visa expired in 2012. After his renewal application was turned down, she said, he decided to walk across the US. border with a group led by a coyote, but he became injured and fell behind. He ultimately died just a few miles from the country he had adopted as his own years before.
When the Migrant Quilt Project display came to Waukegan, Ill., This year, one of the viewers in attendance was Pasillas’s cousin, who was surprised and grateful to find his relative’s name artfully stitched on a blue quilt covered with small skulls.
“He thanked us for humanizing his loved one,” Ipsen said. “That’s why we’re doing this – to express the lives of those who would otherwise be nameless.”…
Trump doesn’t care who he hurts. His claims of an invasion seems to be more of a political stunt then any actual threat to US security. Meanwhile he has delivered a one-two punch to American farmers. He has destroyed their markets to China with his tariffs, at the same time he has caused a shortage of farm workers. If this continues, a lot of farmers will lose everything and another farm crises will occur in the near future.
Looks like the ‘home grown militia’ and the Trump military may have a shoot-out with each other. This country is becoming a freak show. Got to be ready to shoot and maim all those poor starving people. Glad they won’t be here for several weeks. Maybe the vigilantes will be bored and go home before then OR maybe they’ll just shoot each other. I wouldn’t trust anyone who feels the need to bring a gun to the border.
The Washington Post
Democracy Dies in Darkness
Trending Now Nov 4, 2:17 PM
Armed with guns and drones, U.S. militia groups head to border, stirred by Trump’s call to arms against migrant ‘invasion’
Gun-carrying civilian groups and border vigilantes have been roused by President Trump’s call to restore order and defend the country against caravans of Central American migrants moving through Mexico.
They’re packing coolers and tents, oiling rifles and tuning up aerial drones, with plans to form caravans of their own and trail American troops to the border.
The prospect of armed vigilantes showing up beside thousands of U.S. troops — along with Border Patrol agents, police officers and migrants — is considered serious enough that military planners have issued warnings to Army commanders.
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I am a retired elementary art teacher, union guy, political activist, artist and blogger. I taught for 28 years in Park Ridge, Illinois and was President of the local union for 10 years.
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