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Cafe Tacvba Greets Refugee Caravan In Mexico City With Support And Music

Cafe Tacvba proves once again why they are so beloved in Mexico, in the U.S. and around the world. Their compassionate spirit is evident in their music and their actions. Less than a week after they were at the Las Lunas del Auditorio award show in Mexico, both as performers and winners, Cafe Tacvba took time to motivate, encourage, and inspire others.

Members of Cafe Tacvba met the refugee caravan in Mexico City to provide support and music.

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Singer Rubén Albarrán and musician Emmanuel del Real met the asylum seekers, who were in Mexico City, at the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City arena, to greet them and bring awareness to their needs.

Albarrán and del Real treated people from the caravan with acoustic performances.

Albarrán told reporters that he wanted to use their name as a band to bring awareness to the people traveling and to welcome them as they’ve been walking for so long.

“We want to wish them well, and to take care of them, protect them, and make sure they get to the destination they have chose to go to,” Albarrán said in Spanish.

“We’re also hoping people open their hearts to them, and cheer them in their journey,” he said. Albarrán added that “there’s so much ignorance, and it’s important that we don’t criminalize them, or discriminate against them because we are all immigrants. There is no human being that is illegal. We have to remember that this could be us. You never know when we will need help to walk somewhere else, and leave behind a life with family and possessions. These people have suffered immensely.”

Albarrán also burned sage and asked for the asylum seeker’s protection.

As he burned the sage he asked that the caravan would arrive to their destination safely, and also wished for all the kids to be safe and happy.

“I hope they eat healthy and not too much sugar,” he said. “Not junk food, but healthier foods.”

Here’s another cool performance from the duo.

As the asylum seekers continue their march closer to the border, troops have already arrived in San Diego and in Arizona.

Albarrán took time to hear from the people and pose for pictures.

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Albarrán’s humanization of the asylum seekers comes at time when the U.S. government continues to demonize the people seeking refuge from violence.


READ: Fans Can’t Get Enough Of This Cafe Tacvba’s NPR Tiny Desk Performance And For Good Reason

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Trump Needs Mexico To Agree To Be “Safe Third Country” So The US Doesn’t Have To Deal With Asylum Seekers

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Trump Needs Mexico To Agree To Be “Safe Third Country” So The US Doesn’t Have To Deal With Asylum Seekers

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Remember last week when President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs, and at the last minute, rescinded the threat? Trump said that if Mexico didn’t handle the immigration issue at the border — which is also a U.S. issue — that he would raise tariffs. Now we’re getting somewhat of what went down between Trump and Mexico.

Mexico will now be taking back more asylum seekers that are awaiting trial in the U.S.

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While the “Remain In Mexico” policy is something the Trump Administration recently implemented, the new agreement with Mexico seems that the government will be accepting and tracking the incoming undocumented people.

Luis Carlos Cano, a spokesman for Mexico’s national immigration agency in Ciudad Juarez, told Reuters that last week Mexico accepted 200, which is an increase from the 100 people that returned previously. The publication also reports that an estimated “12,000 people have been returned to Mexico since it began in January.”

Furthermore, Mexico said they have agreed to be a “safe third country.”

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At least that is, according to Trump. The publication states that “asylum seekers who first set foot on Mexican soil would have to apply for refugee status in Mexico instead of in the United States.”

Canada already has such a clause of being a “safe third country,” and the administration wants other countries to do that as well, including Guatemala.

However, just because a country is labeled as a “safe third country” doesn’t mean it is.

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Human Rights First, a civil rights organization, said in a statement that the Trump Administration is merely passing the buck to not deal with the state of immigration reform. They’re also dangerously allowing other countries to become “safe” places for people that they clearly show are not welcomed.

“Guatemala is not a safe country for refugees,” the organization stated. “It is a country that refugees are fleeing. The U.S. State Department’s own human rights reports reveal that rape, femicide, violence against women, trafficking in persons, violent attacks against LGBTI persons, and gang-recruitment of displaced children are all serious problems in Guatemala. Corruption and extortion are rampant, leaving many people unprotected by the police and other authorities. Refugees returned to Guatemala would not only face dangers in Guatemala, but they would be at grave risk of being sent back to their countries of persecution given the country’s lack of effective systems and capacity for identifying and protecting refugees from deportation.”

This new claim by the administration of a third party plan is just another tactic of not helping asylum seekers.

Recently, the Mexican government’s newly formed Nation Guard began patrolling their southern border.

According to several reports, a recent push by the Mexican government detained 791 migrants. The Central American migrants were found during an operation by the Mexican National Guard when they stopped four trucks in the state of Veracruz.

Mexico has recently stepped up their efforts to curb migration from Central America to the U.S. border by way of Mexico. The Trump administration claims that the response from Mexico comes from the tariff threat made by the president, which would have meant Americans paying more for goods in Mexico.

According to The New York Times, Mexico had agreed to the border enforcement months before Trump publicly threatened tariffs against Mexico. This means that Mexico was already enforcing border security before Trump appealed to his base with a false claim that his tariffs forced Mexico’s hand to enforce their border.

READ: Trump Terrifies Immigrant Community As He Demands To Keep Secret Why He Wants A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census

A Group Of Angry Tias And Abuelas Is Doing What The Government Cannot: Helping Undocumented People

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A Group Of Angry Tias And Abuelas Is Doing What The Government Cannot: Helping Undocumented People

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All over the country groups and nonprofits are taking it upon themselves to deal with the immigration crisis in a humane way. They are doing what the government cannot: provide help to thousands of undocumented migrants looking for refuge. However, helping people isn’t as easy as one may think. Dr. Scott Warren was just on trial this week for giving undocumented migrants water and food. Thankfully the trial ended in a hung jury, but that goes to show that in this country, people do risk prosecution for giving people the dignity they deserve. That is why the story of these women warms our heart.

A group of women received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for their advocacy of undocumented people.

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The women, who call their organization the Angry Tias and Abuelas, got honored last week for helping undocumented people transition from the moment that government officials release them from detention.

Here’s their mission: To advocate for dignity and justice for individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders. As they embark on their journeys to destinations across the U.S., our aim is to assure their basic health and safety needs are met. We provide emergency assistance such as food, water, clothing, toiletries, logistical support, and cash funds when needed to those recently released from ICE custody at bus depots or shelters in Brownsville and McAllen. We inform asylum seekers of their rights as they await entry across international bridges and give direct financial support to refugee shelters in the RGV and select immigrant shelters in Matamoros and Reynosa.

While the group said the award means everything to them, they are more frustrated with how the government is treating people at the border.

“Yes, we are mad,” she told NBC News. “We’re mad at the brutality of the United States government against the same people who are the same background as our own. These are families seeking safety from repression exactly like our own forefathers.”

The group launched just last year after seeing groups of women and children sleeping outside in torturous heat.

“It was quite a shocking scene,” Joyce Hamilton told CBS News about their first encounter with undocumented people. She said that her friends gathered to do something about it and help any way they could.

“We started talking to each other and meeting, and then enough of us were seeing each other enough times that some of us met for coffee at my house just to talk about coordinating a little bit and we formed the Angry Tias, thinking it would last for a few months,” Jennifer Harbury also said to CBS News. But the issue has not been resolved, and so they’ve continued to work.

Click here if you’d like more information on how you can help the Angry Tias and Abuelas group.

READ: Trial Begins For Scott Warren, The Volunteer Arrested For Giving Undocumented People Water, Saving Lives

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