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For Religious Leaders at the Border: Leaders Of Various Religions Protested At The US-Mexico For Better Treatment Of Migrants

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As the controversy over border security continues, thousands of refugees continue to seek asylum with the U.S. and are currently living in tents in Tijuana. Religious leaders took to the southern border this week to protest the way the U.S. government has been treating migrants. Many are legally seeking asylum, which includes arriving at the border as the first step.

To commemorate International Day of Human Rights, more than 300 people, made up of religious leaders, gathered to protest the injustices against Central American refugees.

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According to one of the groups — Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, based in Oregon, — their reasoning behind their protest was in “solidarity with the thousands of Central Americans who seek asylum, safety, and refuge on the shores of the US.”

“We processed along the beach, in silence, the rhythmic crash of waves alongside us and the roar of helicopters overhead,” they stated. “Nearing the border wall, the wind carried our songs, an offering, to our kin standing on the other side, waving at us and witnessing from across the fence.”

Border agents arrested 32 protesters because they wouldn’t back away from “an enforcement zone.”

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Border Patrol spokesman Eduardo Olmos told Time magazine that some were “arrested on suspicion of trespassing by the Federal Protective Service” while another one was “arrested by the Border Patrol for assaulting an agent.”

Here are more powerful scenes from the demonstration.

The gathering was organized by The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

“As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity … We’re calling on the U.S. to respect the rights of migrants,” Joyce Ajlouny of the AFSC said.

“We keep being told that we need to make a choice between violence and decency. That we have to make a choice between upholding dignity or upholding the power structures that continue to oppress people here and all around the world while touting this title of ‘the freest nation in the world,” Imam Omar Suleiman said at the press conference.

The group is now calling for the release of those who were arrested.

“We can do better. Our sacred texts tell us to tear down walls, to welcome the immigrant and to treat everyone as if they are God’s children,” Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis told NBC News.

READ: A Church Community In North Carolina Blocked ICE From Taking An Undocumented Father, 27 Of Them Were Arrested

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[VIDEO] This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

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[VIDEO] This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

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Riding the subway in New York City is always an adventure. You might see some of the strangest things, from a person peeing on the train to incredibly disturbing acts of violence. Yet, through all of the chaos, there’s still more good than bad, because, at the end of the day, it is New Yorkers that are the true superheroes. Take for example this latest story in which another racist person went off on someone on the train and a Dominican man stepped up the only way he could.

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On the morning of Dec. 12, a packed train witnessed a Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, racially assaulting a young student on her way to school. The entire incident was captured on video by Juan Ayala.

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The Lushchinskaya began verbally assaulting the young student for no apparent reason and then began to hit her. The video starts with the woman yelling “F*ck off” repeatedly as the young woman.

“I’m lucky that she didn’t have anything like weapons on her — like knife, gun — because it could have got a lot worse,” the victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC7. “I’m lucky that people were on the train who were helping me, especially the first Asian guy who stood in front of me right away because he wasn’t recording. He just stood in front of me to help me, because I know other people were recording, but their recording didn’t do anything until later on when it escalated.”

It’s when the situation intensified that Ayala stopped recording and intervened.

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Ayala claims that Lushchinskaya tried to attack him, so he restrained her on the platform until the police arrived.

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According to ABC7, Lushchinskaya has now been charged by the police. She has had prior altercations with people on the train, including pepper-spraying a man.

NYPD thanked Ayala for stepping in and helping the girl that was being attacked.

“It’s something that can almost be traumatizing, honestly,” Ayala said to ABC7. “It’s not a situation that anybody should be involved in, especially a little girl.”

READ: This Latina Shuts Down Another Latina’s Racism On The Subway

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