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Wed Apr 4 2018
Solidarity with the Refugee Caravan
Pueblo Sin Fronteras Denounces Calls for Violence Against the Refugee Caravan
Hundreds of Hondurans have fled their homes and joined the Refugee Caravan in order to seek refuge in Mexico or the U.S. They, along with their fellow caravan members, have organized and developed a network of mutual support within the caravan to protect themselves from dangers such as extortion, robbery, murder, sexual assault, torture, and deportation without a right to seek asylum, which virtually all those who journey alone confront. On March 25, the caravan departed from Tapachula, a city in Chiapas, Mexico near the Guatemalan border.

For more than fifteen years, members of the Pueblo Sin Fronteras collective have been reaching out to the most vulnerable immigrants in the United States and to migrants and refugees on the move. In a bilingual statement of solidarity with displaced people and denouncing calls for violence against the refugee caravan, Pueblo Sin Fronteras writes:

The systemic violence encountered throughout the migrant route in Mexico is exacerbated by anti-immigrant enforcement policies backed by the U.S. government, fueled by the Mérida Initiative, and paid for by the people of the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico’s 2017 Internal Security Law criminalizes human rights defenders and further endangers refugees and asylum seekers fleeing for their lives.

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