Advocates denounce confiscating belongings from migrants at border


PHOENIX — When migrants arrive at the U.S. border seeking asylum, they carry both the weight of their journey and the weight of their backpacks. 

“I want us to close our eyes and think for a second. What would you put in that backpack?” asked Pedro de Velasco, director of education and advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative.

He addressed a crowd of about 50 people gathered on Thursday at the First Church United Church of Christ in Phoenix to call for action to protect migrants’ rights.

“What important items would you carry with yourself to this journey to an unknown country, probably never to return?” Velasco said. 

“You’re probably thinking about pictures of your children, of your loved ones. You’re probably thinking about letters from your family, from your relatives, encouraging words. You’re probably thinking about prayers, the Bible, the crucifix,” Velasco continued. “You’re also probably thinking about basic needs. You know, your passport, your birth certificate, proof of your case (of asylum).”





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