Vigil and Commemoration: Not One More Refugee Death

By on Jul 14, 2014 in News |

in memory of refugeesIn response to the humanitarian crisis of displaced Central American refugees seeking shelter in the United States, the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas, comprised of various individuals and organizations including Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center, will be gathering at the Border Patrol Center in McAllen, TX.

We will be meeting July 19 at 9:30 am. The Border Patrol station is located at 3000 W Military Highway, between Ware Road and 23rd.

The wave of  immigrants have managed to upset several right-wing organizations who have expressed views to send families and unaccompanied children back to their home countries, countries that are currently under sieges of violence and economic disparity.  These reactionary views have become so vitriolic that in Murrieta, California, anti-immigrant protest managed to overwhelm buses carrying Central American refugees, after the police had stopped the buses. The refugees were not allowed to enter the federal immigrant facility.

It cannot be repeated enough: the influx of Central American people crossing the South Texas border is not an immigration issue. It is a refugee crisis prompted by the violence that has become common-place in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador which these children are currently trying to escape.

We as a community need to come together and show these children that they are welcome and deserve to live without fear. We also need to make a clear stance that the people of the Rio Grande Valley will not send away people-children-in need and that anti-immigrant views do not only go against the history of a country made up of immigrants, but is also dangerous, especially when the well-being of children is at stake.

We will be commemorating the refugees who have perished in their struggle to gain a chance at a new life and come together to make sure that no more refugees die in the same effort.

For more information, please email fuerzadelvalle@gmail.com or call 956-283-5650.