In 2021, the Mexican government will cut two-thirds of the programs that were directed to aiding migrants. José Luis Gutiérrez, Secretary of the Migrant Affairs of Michoacán commented: “We are observing cuts in fundamental areas, such as consular assistance, in times in which there is a deep-rooted hate speech towards Mexicans in the United States.” This affects migrants in Mexico, but has consequences in Central America as well. These actions send a message to the US that Mexico is willing to disrespect the human rights of migrants instead of defending them.
On September 21st, the organizing within the migrant community at KBI and the supporters from Nogales, Tucson, and beyond bore fruit as they gathered at the border wall in Ambos Nogales to #SaveAsylum. We were virtually joined by thousands of people near and far from the border who stood in solidarity with migrants in Nogales who came together to protest the inhumane ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.
On September 23rd, Indigenous O’odham groups protested border wall construction that is illegally being resurrected on sacred grounds and burial sites, decimating limited water sources, wildlife, and more. Laiken Jordahl, a border organizer speaks to this issue: “This administration has given Indigenous people no choice but to take direct action to make their voices heard because they’ve been silenced in every other way.”
A report obtained by the New York Times revealed the heartlessness behind the “zero tolerance” policy that strategically separated children from their parents at the Southern border as a deterrent tool. The report cites more than forty-five interviews with key DHS officials and Jeff Sessions who said, “We need to take away children.” The report states: “The department’s single-minded focus on increasing prosecutions came at the expense of careful and effective implementation of the policy, especially with regard to prosecution of family-unit adults and the resulting child separations.”
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Trump’s reallocation of millions of dollars to border wall construction without the approval of Congress was illegal. Managing attorney at the Sierra Club, Gloria Smith, stated that this is “monumental for border communities, wildlife and lands.”