The Familias Reunidas Immigration Bond Fund posted its first bond in January 7, 2020. Since then, we have freed 69 immigrants and asylum seekers from the Otay Mesa, Adelanto and Imperial County for-profit immigration prisons. Thanks to your support, this program has helped dozens of people from over 18 countries of origin.
Today, on the anniversary of our first bond posting, we share with you a short piece of art, created in the hopes to raise awareness of the complex immigration system that disproportionately affects migrants of color, and from which private corporations profit from. Every donation helps mothers, fathers and loved ones who are still detained and every dollar goes towards freeing someone from detention. Border Angels pledges to end family separation one family at a time, will you?
We are incredibly grateful to the three artists who created this:
Aysia Segura, Gavin South, and Cristina Ibarrando as well as professor Olivia Taussig-Moore and Pratt Institute for making this possible.
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While today has brought so much chaos and unrest, It is important to all of us at Border Angels to fight for the hope our migrant families cling to. This new year and new administration is a beacon of hope for so many who have sacrificed too much and remain in the Tijuana shelters. We remain unwavering in our message and culture of love, and share with all of you the Dia de Reyes celebrations in the shelters, to thank all of you who make this mission possible. We must remain adamant in our pursuit of democracy and accurate representation, so that we can support our communities as best as possible. Thank you again for your support, LA LUCHA SIGUE
(Día de Reyes: the Latino community, Día de Los Reyes, also known as Three Kings' Day or Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6 to honor the Three Wise Men — Los Tres Reyes Magos — who brought gifts to Jesus Christ. The day also marks the close of Christmas festivities. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the kings Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar found the baby by following a star across the desert to Bethlehem.)
BORDER ÁNGELS CALLS FOR UNITY
BORDER ANGELS condemns the violent events occurring in our Nation’s Capital – they constitute insurrection and sedition, pure and simple. Our nation’s bedrock, time honored constitutional tradition of the ‘peaceful transfer of power’ is being trampled on, directed clearly and unambiguously by President Trump – the official most entrusted to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The photos and videos of the unlawful taking of Congress, delaying the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s lawful election will haunt our nation forever. They stand as chilling evidence of what can happen when a president seeks to remain in power, no matter the cost to our democracy.
BORDER ANGELS’ mission is grounded in love and calls for everyone—no matter their political party — to stand united against hate and rhetoric that seeks to pit us against each other. Therefore, BORDER ÁNGELS calls on the government and law enforcement to immediately reinstate the rule of law in the Capital and to hold accountable all who have participated – directly or indirectly – in its violent occupation. History and the world is watching.
Americans of good conscience cannot allow violence to continue if we want our country to heal.
New Year’s day brought about many delicious dinners and beautiful celebrations at our Tijuana migrant shelters. Your donations provided meals for Puerta de Esperanza, Lomo con almendras for Movimiento Juventud, and helped carry on the “Haitian soup” tradition at Camino de Salvacion, and so much more! Our friends at that shelter make this dish together on new year’s to celebrate Haitian Independence Day. We thank you once more for helping feed families and continue celebrating holidays full of love, and thank our friends in Tijuana for sharing these moments!
With something as simple as a 30° cool down in temperature from the last time we were in these canyons can make a big difference on how we see what goes on through these canyons.
When the heat isn’t actively making our bodies feel worse by the hour, we are able to open our vision from direct goal of hike in supplies and hike out (as quickly as possible) to taking the time and exploring and searching for more clues.
Cooler temperatures allows our groups to stay out for hours longer than before, and allow us to get further into these canyons. Now, in typical desert fashion, the temperatures are dipping fast.
Now we are in the cold season, and the supplies we leave out now are water gallons, pop-top canned food, socks, beanies, gloves, flannel shirts/thermal base layers. Donations of these items are greatly appreciated, along with sharing our social media posts. Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who has continued to show up on a regular basis. Thank you everyone for reaching out about volunteering, your support and understanding during the pandemic. As soon as it’s safe for us to start taking larger groups, we will. Please stay tuned to our social media accounts and our weekly newsletter.
For any questions about Water Drops or our Water Drops during Covid, reach out to Water Drop Program Co-Director James Cordero, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support! Link in bio to donate to our work.
Taking a break from the election race to share a bit a good news with all of you. We were able to purchase our friends at Pro Amore Dei shelter a new fridge for their groceries. Refrigerators are so important in shelter settings, because food can be stored and preserved to feed more individuals without going to waste. We are so grateful to your unwavering support which enabled us to make this purchase, especially because this is the shelter that houses the two newborn baby girls
With your help, we continue to assist our migrant friends in Tijuana. Thank you for your donations directly feeding families and saving lives.
We were able to free one more person from detention through our Familias Reunidas Program. Meet Dalian, a 39 year old Cuban asylum seeker who has been in Otay Mesa Detention Center for 3 months. We are so glad he will now be able to start his new life in Florida and no longer be in a detention center with confirmed COVID cases.
We share this story to remind you of the many things at stake in today’s election. It is important to pick representation that cares and values human rights and lives. We need representation to ensure we save asylum for people like Dalian, and to remove policies like Migrant Protection Protocols. We need to exercise our right to vote on behalf of so many that not only don’t have the right to vote, but their place in this country is directly affected by those decisions! Help us fight for our migrant hermanos!
We need your help to get more migrants like Dalian out of immigration prisons. The support and donations we have received in the last few months have helped over 50 migrants. But we are running low are tapping in to the last of our funds and we need your support to continue helping mothers, fathers, and loved ones who are still detained. All donations make a difference no matter the amount, and every dollar is spent towards getting someone out of detention! Help us #freethemall!
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We not only remember all of our loved ones who have passed, but we celebrate the lives and legacies which carry on in every single on of us. Today, we are wrapped in the love and memories they have left inside of all of us.
We also use this holiday to honor and remember those who lost their lives in search of a better one. Those who have perished crossing the desert, the true amount which we will never know but over 260 confirmed by the government in 2018. The over 40 migrants who have died in ICE custody in the last four years including in for profit detention prisons. We remember friends, family and community members, as they all live in our hearts today and always.
Today we rest, celebrate, enjoy and welcome a visit from those who are no longer with us, and tomorrow we continue our fight!
Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!