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Migrant Caravan Continues Through Mexico Despite Injuries and Illnesses

Plus: A border wall exhibition explores architecture and immigration, and a central Minnesota legal clinic helps immigrants

Deanna Garcia

Nov 08, 2021

Central American migrants crossing the Suchiate River between the Guatemalan and Mexican border. Photo: Oliver de Ros

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A migrant caravan of thousands of immigrants from Central and South America traveled through Mexico, by foot, in hopes of reaching the U.S. Even though the large group has already faced the Mexican National Guard — which caused the death of a migrant — and many injuries and illnesses, they still have hope. As of Friday, the caravan was traveling through Chiapas, Mexico. According to the Mexican government, the 4,000 person group contains roughly 1,200 individuals of Central American origin. Meanwhile the Centro de Dignificación Humana A.C. (CDH) said the group mainly consists of women and children. AZCentral 

In other national immigration news…

Border Wall Exhibition Open to the Public

The National Building Museum opened a new exhibit in Washington D.C. that focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. “The Wall/El Muro: What is a Border Wall?” analyzes the southern border wall’s design, architecture, planning and engineering. It also examines the effects of the wall and immigration. This exhibit “seeks to challenge visitors with a unique exploration of the history and impact of the U.S.-Mexico border infrastructure growth.” “The Wall” features a wide range of photographs, artifacts, video and audio in English and Spanish. Visitors will also get the chance to stand by a full-size section of the border fence that once stood between Calexico in California and Mexicali in Baja California. Border Report 

Central Minnesota Legal Clinic Provides Immigrants With Resources

Fe y Justica, a faith-based Latinx-led organization also known as the Central MN Faith and Justice Coalition, is trying to provide immigration services in Central Minnesota. The coalition and The Advocates for Human Rights will be hosting the clinic to connect immigrants with immigration attorneys who can answer legal questions or connect them with other legal services. The two groups will also provide assistance on asylum applications and have Spanish interpreters. “Lack of immigration resources and predatory services can be barriers to receiving legal assistance on immigration,” said Laura Tripiciano, immigration attorney at Tripiciano Immigration Law. St. Cloud Times 

Study: Airbnb Hurting Housing Markets and Refugee Resettlement

Medard Ngueits, resettlement programs director for World Relief Seattle, is helping almost 130 Afghan evacuees settle in the U.S. Half of the Afghan evacuees Ngueits is assisting are staying in rentals funded by Airbnb. The company spends millions of dollars each year to give refugees and evacuees short-term places to stay, but that doesn’t mean Airbnb helps them in the long run. Researchers discovered that when more individuals convert homes into short-term rentals, that takes those houses off the long-term rental or ownership market. That in turn leads to housing shortages and higher rents. NBC News 

Immigrant Advocates Take the Streets of Philadelphia

Along with 10 other cities, immigration activists joined in and blocked traffic outside of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s Philadelphia office to demand a pathway to citizenship. “We are here today because there are 11 million undocumented folks who have been promised a pathway to citizenship, and time and time again, have been let down,” said Maegan Llerena, executive director with Make the Road Pennsylvania. According to the Center for American Progress, roughly 7.1 million individuals, including 99,400 people in Pennsylvania, would benefit under these terms. WITF



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