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They Weren’t Expecting This Large Of A Response, But London’s Wall Of Hope Received Worldwide Recognition


Love and support for Mexico is spreading far and wide.

Across the pond in London, a group of Mexican women extended kindness to counteract the anti-immigrant hate in the U.S. by creating a beautiful “Wall of Hope.”

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Their small-scale but big-hearted effort invited the contributions of Latinos living in the U.K. and any others who feel that a wall will only divide us even further.

The organized event was held on Sunday, February 26, and gathering drew quite the crowd.

#nohumanisillegal #wallofhope

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“We want to build a wall of hope,” the group stated on Facebook. “Our wall is a mural that celebrates life.”

For one entire day, the community in London gathered in front of the U.S. embassy and embraced Mexican culture with traditional art, music, and food.

Wall of Hope / Solidarity with Mexico / London Feb 26 #wallofhope

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“Let’s bring food to share, while enjoying building the wall and singing or dancing with performers and chanting our favorite slogans,” organizers said on Facebook. “Ours is a wall that bridges, that unites and creates cohesion, that supports love and hope. Our wall is about us, all of us.”

Beautiful handmade art covered this wall of hope.

The #wallofhope being built by global citizens in solidarity with Mexico for shared #humanity #wall

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“On one side there will be a tree painted for people to hang their messages of hope and on the other side an altar that will be a celebration to life and that will be dedicated to people who have died across the border,” Feregrino said to Noticias MVS.

Organizers also held a mini-fundraising campaign to help pay for the materials to build the “wall of hope.” Their goal was to raise about $400 dollars and they accomplished it!

And they invited traditional Mexican dancers.

Mexicanos en Londres #wallofhope

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So beautiful, right?!

Paola Feregrino, one of the organizers, told Noticias MVS that this event was created to because of “a concern to be together as a Mexican community and of people who want to show their solidarity to Mexico.”

An event like this in London is a sign of its growing Latino population.

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44 percent of London’s population consists of ethnic minorities. Brazilians make up most of London’s Latino population, with almost 55,000 living there, according to a 2011 census report. Mexican make up almost 10,000 of London’s population.

Hopefully this is just one of the many events that will be organized by these incredible people.

#WallOfHope London building a wall of solidarity ????

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“Walls are used to build houses, schools, hospitals, community centers, churches and art spaces,” organizers said on Facebook. “A wall of hope is a mural made of flowers, art and messages of peace living together.”

READ: America Showed How Empty The Country Would Be Without Immigrants

What do you think of Latinos celebrating Mexican culture with a “Wall of Hope” in London?

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She Spoke At A Press Conference About Her Family Being Detained And Was Picked Up By ICE

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She Spoke At A Press Conference About Her Family Being Detained And Was Picked Up By ICE

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Earlier this week, Daniela Vargas became the latest DREAMer detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 22-year-old, who was brought to the U.S. from Argentina when she was just 7 years old, now faces deportation. Vargas, whose brother and father were detained last week, was detained after she spoke at a immigration rally and press conference at City Hall in Jackson, Mississippi.

According to The New York Times, Vargas was in a car leaving the press conference when her car was stopped by police. The Clarion-Ledger reports that I.C.E. agents stopped the car with Vargas inside, quickly arrested her and said, “You know who we are, you know what we’re here for.” According to the BBC, Vargas was detained and is being processed for visa overstay since her DACA status expired in November 2016. She was attempting to save the $495 necessary to renew. Vargas applied for renewal in mid-February.

“Today, my father and brother await deportation while I continue to fight this battle as a DREAMer to help contribute to this country, which I feel is very much my country,” Vargas said at the press conference before she was detained, according to The Clarion-Ledger. “Now, I’m not so sure my dream will continue to develop,” she said. “A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams.”

According to The Huffington Post, ICE officials made a statement on Wednesday saying that Vargas will be subject to court proceedings deciding her eligibility of relief. Abigail Peterson, Vargas’ attorney, told The Huffington Post that she was informed on Thursday that ICE plans on pursuing immediate deportation and bypassing any court hearings.

Vargas’ attorney shared a full statement from Vargas to The Huffington Post and you can read it here.

Here’s a CBS News interview with Vargas’ attorney describing the detention.

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READ: Here’s What ICE Is Saying About The Arrest Of 23-Year-Old Mexican DACA Recipient

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