CALL TO ACTION!!!
California Border Patrol will begin blasting sacred cultural and burial sites TODAY at 10AM to clear area for Trump’s border wall! Please Call Border Community Liaison Agent Daniel Rubio at (619) 938-8739!
They attempted to keep this secret and are refusing to consult with tribal monitors. Blasting will lead to destruction of artifacts and human bones belonging to Kumeyaay ancestors.
Saturday (6/20) was HOT. We're so proud and thankful for everyone that came out and helped us get supplies out to much needed areas on the longest day of the year. Your efforts are truly helping to minimize suffering in the desert.
The summer solstice is when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight, around 14.5 hours this past Saturday.
We had some melted boots and mild heat issues. Temperatures were around 110°. We're really proud of how everyone on our team stepped up to help each other and ensure everyone made it out safely. Sometimes that takes resting in the slightest sliver of shade or using some of the water we intend to leave. When we get back safe, that allows us to regroup, recharge and strategize our efforts for the next time. Thank you!
This weekend temperatures are projected to be a little warmer than this past weekend. Our risk is minimal compared to those risking it all. We have slept in a bed the night before, ate breakfast the morning of, have had the chance to hydrate and rest during the week. Our 5-7 hours hiking in that heat with supplies can make a big difference to someone who is on their journey. The weather will not deter us, we just have to adapt.
For any questions about Water Drops, please contact Water Drop Co-Director James Cordero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruben was witness to sicarios in his home state of Guerrero murdering his brother, and to save his life, he made a new life in Acapulco. However, his safety was short lived. “They found me and I escaped, and I didn’t stop until I reached Tijuana. The 20-year-old migrant waited two months so that in December he was sent to Otay Mesa Detention Center where he faced “the worst 4 months of his life.” For him, “it’s very hard to accept that you are fleeing for your life, because you know it will end if they find you, and for no reason, only to be put in a cell when you arrive here.”
Ruben was granted freedom under bail but was terrified as he had no money to pay for the bond amount, as bonds are determined arbitrarily, and being a refugee, him and his family had little to no money to his name. We have known of bonds to range from 2.5K-15K. Our organization, then pays for these bonds in full. Ruben was able to gain conditional freedom and post bond through our organization before the COVID contagion reached its peak inside the J Pod at the detention center. “There was 103 individual in our tank, and while we ripped up t-shirts to make face coverings, social distancing was impossible.”
Ruben now finds himself in Sacramento ready and hopeful to fight his case. He sees it as a miracle his bond was paid, he takes comfort in this first step to freedom, stating that it suggests to him that the court will rule in his favor of asylum. Border Angels has now posted bond for 31 individuals inside the Otay Mesa Detention Center, and 2 from Adelanto.
We are so happy to share with you one more story of the recipients from our Families Reunidas Bond Program, Juan Antonio. He is a 34-year-old asylum seeker from Honduras who was in detention for three months. As you all know, the Otay Mesa Detention Center continues to have the highest number of COVID cases, and we are so glad to have one less person exposed.
This morning, within 12 hours of being released, Juan Antonio was on a flight ready to be reunited with his family. We cannot imagine the things he has had to face, and are grateful to Miles4Migrants pulling a late night to make sure he was on his way first thing in the morning. We wish him the best in his new life and welcome him home!
Let this story serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Juan Antonio represents so many others being subject to racist and inhumane policies, and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.
With your continued support, our shelter directors were able to fill their shopping carts with fresh produce and groceries for our migrant families in Tijuana once more. The pandemic is taking its toll on Baja California, and it is more important than ever to help our shelters survive! We are so grateful for your contributions that help us feed and care for our beloved families, and to our shelter directors for ensuring the safety of their inhabitants. We want to thank our shelter directors for being so patient and understanding. As long as there is need in Tijuana, we will continue to help in every way we can!
Last Saturday was a tough one. The heat, the wind, the terrain. One of our groups witnessed a chase and apprehension of a group of folks who had traveled days through the desert. Even though we were unable to do anything about what happened, it reminds us of why we go out, and who we go out for. Seeing fresh traces of travel, artifacts and other items left behind along with our supplies consumed let us know we are on the right track.
We continued after, climbing some serious mountain terrain and get to far out locations to get the supplies to people right around the areas where some start to run out of personal supplies.
Teamwork gets us through these days. Together we are strong and effective. We have seen signs of increased travel, and we are doing as much as we can to be out there and leave these life saving supplies where they’re most needed.
Tomorrow is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. We will be out there strong and ready. As long as there are people crossing, we will be there to leave supplies. We will never leave the borderlands and never stop leaving life-saving supplies for those that travel through them.
For any questions about Water Drops, please contact Water Drop Co-Director James Cordero at email@example.com.
DACA. We cannot express the relief and the extreme gratitude to all Dreamers and allies who made this victory possible. We also want to thank Univision Noticias and The San Diego Union Tribune for their features and Manuel Ocaño for yesterday’s For Justice Everywhere Rally photographs.
We know this is temporary and we know we still have a long journey ahead of us, but as Dulce Garcia said, “this decision has re-energized us.” We are ready and committed to fighting for Dreamers and their rightful place in this country.
We received a very special email this week we thought we’d share with all of you. It read as follows:
Hello Ms. Garcia, (Dulce Garcia, Executive Director)
This is Asim, the Sudanese asylum seeker that your colleagues and you have successfully liberated a week ago from OMDC.
Yeah, I aware that you might be busy now with processing of freeing someone else from detention or maybe with traveling to somewhere to explain it to somebody and convince them to join and support your efforts.
Anyway.. I wanted to express my deep gratitude to you and Border Angels for releasing us from the detention.
What you do is so amazing and incredible that is wasn’t be possible for to get out of the detention without your massive support, guys.
We are so touched that despite everything he has gone through, he remains such a positive, kind soul and took the time to send this to us. This email serves as a small reminder of why we we will continue our fight against hate, racist and inhumane policies, and freeing as many people as we can from detention. We are so grateful for your continued support because when Asim thanks us, he also thanks all of you!
We are overjoyed to share with you one more story of the recipients from our Families Reunidas Bond Program, Masud. He is a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Cameroon who was in detention for four months. He was finally able to have the comfort of a proper meal, from a delicious African restaurant at that! Despite all of his hardships, Masud is one of the happiest asylum-seekers we have met. He was so excited to finally begin to feel welcomed into this country.
He is on his way to the East Coast to begin his new life, and surround himself with his loving friends and family. Before leaving however, he was reunited with Yafeu! It had only been such a short time since they had seen each other, but both of them being free of detention, their lives had completely changed in such a short period of time. They survived Otay Mesa Detention Center, and then found freedom together. Masud met Yafeu(from our previous post), and began an amazing friendship while in the Otay Mesa Detention Center, and they found incredible strength in one another. We are so touched to hear these two incredible individuals supported and uplifted each other, setting an example to us and everyone on how we should treat each other with kindness. We must all work together and support one another to ensure we end the unjust treatment of immigrants and POC, especially during a global pandemic. Again, we are thankful to work with Minority Humanitarian Foundation, and share this sliver of happiness in such difficult times.
Let this story serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Masud represents so many others being subject to racist and inhumane policies, and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.
Today we share with you one more story of the recipients from our Families Reunidas Bond Program, Yafeu. He is a fairly young man, however he walks with a walker as the result of a viscous attack that forced him to flee his home country. He is an openly gay asylum-seeker from Africa, who had a life partner who he loved very much, and that life partner was tragically beat to death in front of him in the same attack that left him disabled.
Our country’s unjust policies kept this disabled asylum-seeker, who is currently in need of surgery for his injuries, incarcerated in Otay Detention Center for four and a half months. It is a known fact that the LGBTQ+ community faces additional persecution inside detention, from both the guards and the people they are detained with.Thankfully this man found a friend inside detention, who provided much needed support and whom we also freed from detention (more on him on our next post!). We know we cannot make up for all that he has lost in Ghana, and everything he has been subject to in the United States. His freedom, humanity, and small moments of happiness are what we CAN provide for him.
His story, although difficult for us to share and listen to, is incredibly inspirational. Yafeu wanted his story to be shared, and we are in awe of his bravery and resilience. It is a continuous honor to work with Minority Humanitarian Foundation, and together we will continue to share the journey of all of the amazing individuals we have been able to help. We have to continue to raise our voices, we have to keep being proactive against the persecution of black and brown folks in America, for Yafeu, for all of us!
Let this story serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place in this country. Yafeu represents so many others being subject to racist and inhumane policies, and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.