‘Journey for Justice’: Immigrants and Advocates Begin 2,200-Mile Pilgrimage Across U.S.-Mexico Border


Left: A father and little one sit on a ledge that flanks the barbed-wire former refugee encampment. Proper: mom and son. (Sue-Ann Leigh Divito)

Journey for Justice: Witness At The Border is an immigration justice pilgrimage made up of individuals hoping to enter the USA, in addition to immigrant rights advocates. With the purpose of highlighting injustices alongside U.S-Mexico border, the journey will cowl over 2,000 miles and span over two weeks—from Dec. 2 till Dec. 18, ending on Worldwide Migrants Day.

Since Title 42 took impact in March 2020, it’s been a cornerstone of border enforcement. Consequently, more than 2.4 million migrants have been expelled from the U.S., denying them the precise to hunt asylum.

A Nov. 15 order by Decide Emmett Sullivan of the U.S. District Court docket in Washington, D.C., ordered the federal authorities to finish the Title 42 Trump-era asylum restrictions by Dec. 21, 2022. Sullivan known as the coverage “arbitrary and capricious.”

A message illuminated on the port of entry in Brownsville on Dec. 2. (Sue-Ann Leigh Divito)

The journey started at Xeriscape Park within the the south Texas border metropolis of Brownsville.

One after the other, then in teams, the caravan contributors appeared, standing on the port-of-entry Gateway Worldwide Bridge. After exchanging greetings, Felicia Rangel-Samponaro and Victor Cavazos—co-directors of the Sidewalk Faculty for Youngsters Asylum Seekers, a humanitarian and mutual assist nonprofit—escorted members over the bridge into Matamoros, Mexico. There, they visited a dismantled migrant refugee camp, surrounded by barbed-wire fence alongside the Rio Grande River, the place from from 2018 to 2020 1000’s of migrants lived alongside the riverbank in a make-shift campground, ready for an asylum court docket listening to date throughout the bridge.

A migrant girls and youngsters on Dec. 2, 2022, in downtown Matamoros, Mexico. (Sue-Ann Leigh Divito)

The caravan, touring primarily by automobile, will cease in a number of border cities over 16 days. It’s scheduled to finish on the San Diego/Tijuana port of entry.

“We should bear in mind the connections ‘Journey for Justice’ is making an attempt to attract between … all of the deaths alongside the border,” stated Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, co-organizer and govt director of the Nationwide Legal professionals Guild in San Francisco. “All are as a result of identical forces. … It’s the identical victims. It’s the identical perpetrators. It’s the identical constructions that transfer all that equipment. Journey for Justice is right here within the spirit to insist on the trigger for justice and join that to the broader arc of justice that brings us right here.”

Camilo Pérez-Bustillo. (Sue-Ann Leigh Divito)

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