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Immigration Agents Launch Tear Gas Canisters At Asylum Seekers At US-Mexico Border

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Asylum seekers rushed the San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana.

Close to 1,000 of the asylum seekers from Honduras and Guatemala have reached the U.S.-Mexico border. The asylum seekers were blocked from using the official port of entry by Mexican federal agents on the Tijuana side, according to CNN. Undeterred, the migrants made their way across the Rio Grande River in an attempt to present themselves at the border to legally seek asylum.

United States Customs and Border Protection officers reacted to the group of asylum seekers rushing the border by throwing tear gas canisters into the crowd. According to the New York Times, more than two dozen tear gas canisters littered the Mexico side of the border after being thrown in different directions to push back against the asylum seekers.

“After being prevented from entering the Port of Entry, some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” United States Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. “As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons. We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”

ABC News reported that border agents on the U.S. side of the border responded by closing the world’s busiest border crossing station connecting Tijuana and San Diego. The border was closed for several hours reopening on Sunday evening

The caravan of asylum seekers  peacefully marched more than 2,000 miles in a month to seek asylum. U.S. and international law allows for those seeking refuge the right to enter a country seeking asylum. Tijuana’s mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelum, called the influx of migrants in his city as a humanitarian crisis. Mayor Gastelum has called on the international community and Mexican government for assistance to help with the migrants currently in the city.

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These Artists And Activists Are Empowering Trans Lives Through Art

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These Artists And Activists Are Empowering Trans Lives Through Art

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed on Nov. 20 each year to mourn those lost to acts of anti-transgender violence. Trans women of color are the most likely to face these kinds of violent attacks. Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded the very first TDoR in 1999 and the event has grown every year since with tributes and celebrations of trans lives. Transgender Awareness Week, Nov. 13-17, is a week-long celebration of trans lives birthed from TDoR. Forward Together, a non-profit social justice organization, is collaborating with trans and non-binary artists of color and trans justice organizations across the country, to create original artwork for Trans Day of Resilience.

The Trans Day of Resilience art project is an extension and reimagining of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transgender Day of Resilience celebrated its fourth year highlighting trans artists and their community. It is an extension of the overall Trans Day of Remembrance by elevating trans and non-binary artists. Together the artists of color and trans-led organizations create artwork that both honors trans community members who have been killed and celebrates those who are still here. Jennicet Gutierrez, an activist for transgender rights and immigrant rights, says Transgender Day of Remembrance was a collaborative idea between Forward Together and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. She says it was suggested by organizers who want a way for people to visually understand the everyday lives of trans people in America.

“People are connecting with the messages these images and it has opened up many conversions.” Gutierrez said. “Art plays a key role in social justice and by doing this we feel we can uplift our trans communities.”

The artists are part of a nationwide network wanting to tell their stories and stories of their communities.

Artists from across the country created specific work that highlight the various people who make up the trans-community. Various non-profits sponsored each art piece and describe the story behind them. Gutierrez says that for many in the trans-community art is an escape and is a way to express their personal story through collective art.

“You can share these works and each people will interpret them in different ways, that’s the power of these pieces,” Gutierrez says. “Art has always been a key part of any social movement and this project we hope encourages those to take action.”

Violence against the trans community has risen steadily in recent years.

According to a report released by the Human Right Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group, more than 20 people have been killed so far this year due to anti-transgender violence. The organization has tracked 128 anti-transgender homicides in the U.S. since 2013.

Prerna Sampat, a spokesperson with Forward Together, says that too often we only highlight trans during times of grief and by having art events we can bring awareness to trans lives.

“At a time when depictions of trans folks often center around suffering and death, we want to celebrate the lives of trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary people in the most unifying way through art,” Sampat said. “Art is fundamental to all social movements because it reconnects us to our deepest values, to what we hold sacred, and to each other.”


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