It’s been over a year since 43 students from Ayotzinapa, a rural town in Mexico, disappeared without a trace. Due to international pressure, the Mexican government invited foreign investigators to look into the event of September 2014. However, these investigators are leaving the country without solving the crime because they’ve been blocked from the government, they say.
“The conditions to conduct our work don’t exist,” said Claudia Paz y Paz, an investigator known for prosecuting a Guatemalan dictator for genocide. “And in Mexico, the proof is that the government opposed the extension of our mandate, isn’t it?”
The Mexican government says they have cooperated with the investigators giving them what they have requested, but the panel of investigators say otherwise.
Carlos Beristain, another expert on the case said, “it was clear in the government’s investigation and the official account that there was an intention to keep this case at a municipal level, in terms of responsibility, but we revealed the presence of state and federal agents at the crime scenes, and furthermore that their participation implied responsibility.” In other words, the investigation implicated the Mexican government.
Once this initial report came to light implicating a larger group of officials, the actions of the Mexican government changed from welcoming to total blockage. “There are sectors within the government that don’t want certain things to be questioned and therefore there is an attempt to reinforce the ‘historical truth,’ without taking into account the new elements we have uncovered,” Mr. Beristain told The New York Times. “These sectors within the government looked at us as a threat and this hardened their view towards us, which actually reinforces the impunity that stops things from changing in this country.” Interesting…
Even more shocking, instead of focusing their efforts on helping the investigation, Mexican media attacked the investigators of misusing funds and fabricating testimony to incarcerate military officials. Say what?! When asked to release a joint statement denouncing these accusations, the Mexican government declined and continued their investigation of the investigators.
“It is interesting that they would choose to investigate this patently baseless claim when there are thousands of families who are desperately seeking their loved ones without any assistance from the attorney general,” said James L. Cavallaro, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Even though the investigators did release a report, the case is far from being solved, and only the remains of one student were found. The other 42 are still missing and the supposed scene of where the government says the bodies were incinerated is nowhere to be found.
Read more about this unsolved case and how deeply rooted it is here.
The migrant crisis has a death toll. Whether it is migrants dying trying to traverse some of the most hostile parts of North America, violent gangs, police brutality, medical negligence in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention, or homicidal coyotes, the death toll is rising. Immigration policies in Mexico and the U.S. are partly to blame for the deaths and the desperation to live a life free of fear and violence is what forces families to be put in harm’s way. That is the story of Cristian, a Guatemalan boy left to die with his father’s body.
A 10-year-old Guatemalan boy is recovering after being left for dead in the desert with his father’s body.
CNN reports that a 10-year-old migrant boy was left for dead with his throat slit next to his father’s body. The boy was found in the Mexican state of Morelos. The father and son were making their way from Guatemala to the U.S. with the help of a coyote.
Despite having hired the smuggler to get them from Guatemala to the U.S., they were abandoned in Mexico.
The father and son were abandoned by the coyote and that’s when they were kidnapped, according to CNN. That is when the pair were kidnapped by members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and held for ransom. The cartel members contacted Cristian and his father Rudy’s family in the U.S. demanding $12,000. CNN reports that they could only get $8,000 and that’s when the cartel ceased communication.
Cristian and Rudy were on the journey with Rudy’s brother and his son.
Rudy’s brother and his son managed to escape the gang members and CNN reports that they are now in the care of Mexican authorities. Cristian was found on July 6 with his throat slit lying next to the body of his dead father. Cristian’s survival is a miracle.
Migrants are regularly the victims of crime when passing through Mexico to the U.S. border. The crimes committed in Mexico against migrants range from robbery to murder.
The latest tragedy in the migrant crisis has Christians calling out Evangelicals for their harmful and dangerous approval of Trump’s immigration policies.
The “Remain In Mexico” policies and the increased restrictions on asylum claims is leading to an increase in deaths for the migrant crisis. Men, women, and children are dying trying to get the U.S. and some have started dying once in immigration authority custody.
The deaths of migrants desperate to reach the U.S. border have garnered more attention in recent months.
The tragic deaths of Óscar Martínez Ramírez and his very young daughter shocked the U.S. but haven’t spurred any change. The father and daughter were desperate to reach the U.S. border to apply for asylum from El Salvador. The father and daughter tried swimming across the Rio Grande after being denied a chance to request asylum at a port of entry.
The migrant crisis has become so prevalent in the U.S consciousness that presidential candidates are being asked how they will save lives if elected.
“Watching those images of Óscar and Valeria is heartbreaking. It should also piss us all off,” Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said during the Democratic Debates. “If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, the ‘Remain In Mexico’ policy, and the metering policy. This metering policy is basically what prompted Óscar and Valeria to make that risky swim across the river.”
Castro added: “They had been playing games with people coming and seeking asylum at our ports of entry. Óscar and Valeria went to a port of entry and then they were denied the ability to make an asylum claim. So, they got frustrated and they tried to cross the river and they died because of that.”
The policy of metering at the border is not new but Trump has ramped it up making it more and more dangerous for asylum seekers.
According to NPR, “metering is the term that Customs and Border Protection uses for a process by which it limits the number of people who can request asylum at a port of entry at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing each day.”
NPR reporter James Frederick explains, “As far as U.S. asylum law says, anyone who steps foot in the U.S. has the ability to request asylum. So what CBP is doing is they’re stationing a guard at border crossings. Asylum-seekers that show up there, they tell them they have to turn around and go put their name on a waitlist, basically, back in Mexico and wait for their turn to request asylum. And these lists are getting very long. People are waiting weeks or sometimes months for their opportunity to request asylum. The latest figure we have is that 19,000 asylum-seekers are waiting on the Mexican side of the border for their chance to request asylum in the U.S.”
It is important that Americans stay engaged in the discussion about immigration and asylum seekers.
The Trump administration is further restricting asylum claims and only making it harder and more dangerous for people to seek legal asylum in the U.S. Call your representatives and senators and let them know what you think about the change to asylum laws attacking migrants.
Beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Daisy Marquez, started posting makeup tutorials on Snapchat for fun and then switched over to other platforms growing a fanbase of over one million followers across all of her social media platforms.
What started as simply a fierce beauty and makeup channel turned into something much more as Daisy decided to share her experience as an undocumented person living in the US.
Last week, as ICE raids were set to happen across the country, Daisy shared to Instagram her story as an undocumented DREAMER.
In the caption she said why she wanted to tell her story, ” I want to open up and share my story for those who don’t know.” She goes on to tell the story of how when she was 10-years-old, she wanted to visit her family in Mexico. She made the trip but had to cross back into the US illegally, with a coyote, across the Rio Grande, and was nearly caught by Border Patrol.
Thankfully, her story had a happy ending and she made it back into the US and has gone on to be a successful YouTuber.
But Daisy hopes that sharing her story will help inspire others who have similar experiences as her.
Reactions to her Instagram post have been overwhelmingly positive.
There are literally more than a million people in the US who can relate to her story as a DREAMER and millions who are in the shadows – as undocumented people so often are.
With many people thanking her for her bravery and inspiration.
Many on Instagram pointed at how strong and brave she was even at 10-yeras-old and how she’s carried that fearlessness in everything she does.
Even her mama took to Instagram to share in the love.
Aww, this is just too sweet!
Along with her story, Daisy shared pictures of her on her trip to Mexico.
And her fans were eating up the photos! Telling her how fierce she looks and that she was born to be a star.
Even at 10, Daisy knew how to serve looks.
Daisy says she was a fierce, determined, and strong young lady who wasn’t afraid of anything, until it came time to cross back into the US.
Many on Instagram commented on how fearless she looked in the photos while others said she looked like a child telenovela star.
All of this started when Daisy uploaded a video to her YouTube channel back in 2017, shortly after Trump took office.
Marquez’s YouTube video, “Story Time: I’m Undocumented,” received more than 1.3 million views, making it the most popular video on her channel. In the video she talks about her immigration status, her struggles of being undocumented and shared a story about the time she had to cross the US -Mexico border when she was 10.
In the heartfelt video, Daisy opens up about how her mom brought her to the US to help give her a better life.
As with so many of our parents who crossed into the US illegally, her mother wanted to make sure that Daisy would get a better education and have more opportunities in this world as an adult.
She then tells the story about how desperately she wanted to visit her family in Mexico when she was 10 years old.
After about a month in Jalisco, Mexico, with her grandparents, her mother had explained through a phone call that she would have to return to the US with a coyote and cross the Rio Grande.
Marquez was awakened by her grandmother at 3 a.m. to start the journey. Marquez begged her to let her stay in Mexico, regretting ever going down south, but alas, Marquez was taken to the coyotes who would help her cross back in the US.
In the video, as she wipes away tears, Daisy explains the entire harrowing experience of crossing into the US with a small group of people. They have to swim across the Rio Grande, encounter the Border Patrol, run out of water, and have to walk a total of nearly 7 hours.
She points out how traumatizing the experience was simply to go back to the visit the country she was born in.
And how people shouldn’t have to suffer such a traumatic experience and even risk their lives simply to visit the country they were born in. Or to visit their abuelos and other familia.
Even though she applied to 7 different colleges and was accepted to all of them, she couldn’t attend any of them.
When Marquez safely returned home to Oak Cliff, eight years had passed, and while pursuing her love for makeup and balancing school work, her new test of strength came after graduation: her immigration status held her back from doing the things she wanted to do — like attending college.
“I worked my ass off, I took college classes, graduated with distinct honors … all that went to waste all because I’m from Mexico,” she said in her video.
Marquez discussed in her video that despite being accepted to every college she had applied to, the cost of going would be at a much higher rate because of her status as an international student, a burden she did not want to put on her parents’ back.
Stuck between school and chasing her passion for makeup and fashion, she took the plunge and dedicated her life to creating more videos for her followers.
As a successful YouTuber she’s had to pass on several amazing opportunities because of her immigration status.
From a trip to Bora Bora to having to move her life to Los Angeles in order to pursue her dreams as an artist, Daisy is not shy about sharing her struggles, dreams, and aspirations on her YouTube channel.
She ends her video by reminding all the people who may be in the same situation to never give up on your dreams.
Sharing a deeply personal story, as Daisy did, is often one of the strongest ways to reach people, to inspire them. And with an estimated 1.3 million eligible DACA recipients in the US, let’s hope that her story has inspired many of them to chase their dreams.
And her story seems to have resonated with a lot of people.
Reactions on Twitter to Daisy’s video, range from tweets of tears and sadness for her story to “bravo daisy, you’re amazing” and “thank you so much for sharing your personal story. with it i hope others see their own potential.”