Border Angels started its VII Migrant March in San Diego, along US-Mexico Border, stopping at The Council for the Spanish Speaking of the Stockton Dioscese (El Concilio) in Stockton on February 8th on their way to Sacramento to advocate for migrants rights.
Border Angels is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the unnecessary deaths of individuals traveling in search for a better life through the desert areas along the United States and Mexican border.
“It’s not just an American Dream, sometimes is an American Nightmare. Many people die on the way,” said the founder of Border Angels, Enrique Morones.
Morones estimates that about 10,000 people have died since 1994 trying to cross the border.
Once in Sacramento, Morones and his team will meet with assembly members Manuel Pérez, (D-Coachella) and Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) in support of the migrant guest program (A.B. 1544), recently introduced by Assemblyman Pérez.
“We are very proud to have you here and to share this moment with you,” said Jose Rodriguez, President of El Concilo. “We wish them the best because we believe that the work they are doing is very important.
Along the march, Border Angels also visited a commentary in Holtville, California.
“That is not forgotten commentary, we had brief ceremony in honor of the 700 unidentified migrants, but [they are] not forgotten.”
According to the organization, the high percentage of unnecessary deaths has been the result of extreme heat and cold weather conditions, in addition, some have been crimes based on racial-discrimination.
The march, a “Walk with Cesar”, commemorates the 50thanniversary of the United Farm Workers: “a march where we highlight the 10 core values of Cesar Chavez, non-violence, respect and determination as travel through California.”
“We are promoting the importance of voting and signing petitions for immigration reform,” said Morones.
Pictures courtesy of Border Angels.