MCC In Touch
October 30, 2018
MCC photo/Katherine Smith
“We are all one family,” reads a painted wall at MCC partner Casa Alitas, a house in Tucson, Arizona, where asylum seekers are welcomed and can rest for a few days between being processed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and connecting with family and friends.
Central American migrant caravan
A caravan of about 7,000 Central American migrants entered Mexico in mid-October. Though this caravan is unusually large, such caravans are common as, by travelling in groups, migrants are less likely to be victims of violence or other crimes. Many are fleeing violence and poverty in their home communities. Others seek to reunite with family in the U.S. As with previous caravans, many will likely stay in Mexico to seek asylum or work there.
In response, President Trump announced he will send thousands of military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and a suspension of aid to Central American countries. The administration is also seeking new ways to detain families and more money to build additional border walls, both of which will require additional funding from Congress—which is why advocacy on Fiscal Year 2019 federal funding bills is so important.
The link above lists ways you can get involved, from calling your representatives in Congress to writing letters.