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A Letter To Trump Is Written On A Part Of The Berlin Wall Calling Out The Inhumanity Of Walls

President Donald Trump is still eager to get his wall built at the southern border. It’s happening very, very (very), slowly. The matter of the border wall is actually a big wall of a mess. There are lawsuits going against Trump and his wall, a construction company has been ordered to stop building it, and there is still no direct funding for the wall itself. Yet again, that is his main initiative, and his supporters completely back him on it. It’s not a shocking sight to see Trump supporters picturing themselves in front of the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall while using hashtags such as #wallswork. So, it makes sense that people in Berlin are sending a strong message to Trump to show him, walls will only further divide a country, not unite Americans.

A Berlin-based pro-democracy group sent Donald Trump a piece of the Berlin Wall with a persuasive letter denouncing the use of walls to separate people. 

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“On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are sending one of the last sections of the infamous wall to Washington, D.C. as a letter to President Trump, to remind him of America’s commitment to build a world without walls. Wall against Walls is an initiative of the citizens of Berlin to express their gratitude for 30 years of freedom.” The project is an initiative by Offene Gesellschaft. 

The gift to the president is a 2.7-ton section of the Berlin Wall, which has been making its way from Berlin all across the country. 

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Here’s a portion of the letter: 

“Dear President Trump, 

This is an original piece of the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, it separated east and west, family, and friends. It divided not only Berlin and Germany but the whole world. Too many people died trying to cross it — their only crime being their desire to be free. Today, the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Germany is united again, and in Berlin, only a few scattered pieces remind us that no wall last forever. We would like to give you one of the last pieces of the failed Berlin Wall to commemorate the United States’ dedication to building a world without walls. 

Citizens of Berlin.”

The letter also added that it was because of former U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan that the Berlin Wall was able to be demolished.

People are encouraged to sign the letter if they are supportive of their statements. 

Credit: TheWallAgainstWalls / Instagram

On Nov. 9, they attempted to present the wall to the president in Washington D.C. Fox News reported that “it’s unlikely the Trump administration will accept as it contains a letter reminding the president of ‘America’s commitment to build a world without walls.'”

The wall has now been making its way to various locations across the country where people have been able to experience the Berlin Wall close up. 

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“For every German born after 1989, the Berlin Wall never stood in their way. They never had to experience being separated from their loved ones. They didn‘t have to risk their life in order to be free. They got to go wherever they wanted- because their parents and grand-parents took to the streets. Again. And again. And again. They proved: together, we have the power to overcome everything. Even a wall,” the official Wall Against Walls stated on their Instagram page. 

This wall also made its way to the Mexico border.

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“On the 5th Day of our trip through the US, the wall against walls made a tour stop with symbolic power – right next to the Mexico-United States border wall,” organizers said. “A brief, silent moment with an incredible emotional power made us think. From the first human settlements until 1848, this stretch of land has never been a border. Tribes, families, and communities lived on both sides of what is now a seemingly infinite fence. It might be considered necessary by some, but this wall is dividing people simply by place of birth. Let’s hope we will find better ways of encouraging those who contribute to our communities and hold responsible for those who don’t. Mr. President, in the words of Ronald Reagan: TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”

To sign the letter on the Berlin Wall, click here

READ: New Report Confirms That Trump’s Border Wall Is Jeopardizing Native American History And Sensitive Environments

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Biden Administration’s Handling Of The Border Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

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Biden Administration’s Handling Of The Border Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

The Biden administration inherited more than an out of control pandemic when they got to work in January. The former administration also left the Biden administration an orchestrated crisis at the border. For some, President Joe Biden is not acting fast enough to fix the problem.

President Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the response to immigration at the border.

The approach, according to Politico, is going to be a two-pronged approach to effectively curb irregular immigration. First, the vice president will focus on stopping the migration journey by addressing the issues in the countries that people are fleeing. Particularly, Vice President Harris will be focusing on the issues in the Northern Triangle countries, which are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

At the same time, the vice president will be working with the countries directly to solve the root problems. Vice President Harris will be working to strengthen the nation’s relations with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

“I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” President Biden told reporters at the White House.

There is a lot of talk about the U.S.-Mexico border right now from both Democrats and Republicans.

Bruno Lozano, the Democratic mayor of Del Rio, Texas, is calling on the Biden administration to take steps to curb the issue. Mayor Lozano was a guest on Fox News recently and spoke about what he saw as an influx of migrants coming into his town. Mayor Lozano told Fox News that the number of people coming to the border has strained Customs and Border Patrol in his city.

“You have a breach on national security levels that have never before been seen in modern history and you’re not even batting an eye about it, you’re not even calling it a ‘crisis‘, you’re calling it a quote-unquote challenge,” Mayor Lozano, told the New York Post on Sunday. “It’s a slap in the face.”

Some residents of Del Rio are critical of their local leaders shifting blame for their own shortcomings.

The brutal winter storm that recently shut down Texas depleted many municipalities of their resources. Residents in Del Rio are putting the blame on their local leaders who have tried to pass the buck. Weeks after the winter storm crippled Texas, grocery store shelves remained empty and residents felt overlooked.

Mayor Lozano has been pleading with President Biden to step up and help them deal with the influx of migrants. Del Rio has one processing center for migrants and the increase has left the city and the processing facility strained.

The Biden administration has faced backlash after photos of detention centers show people sleeping on floors.

There have been several reports that the Biden administration is building new places to hold migrants that have come to the border seeking asylum. The administration is currently taking in unaccompanied minors who are arriving at the border while preventing other migrants from crossing the border.

The Biden administration promised to change the approach to the border, but Title 42 has been left intact. Title 42, which was enacted by the former administration at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, keeps people from entering the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that invoked Title 42, which closed the border indefinitely due to public health concerns.

At the root of the attention is the claim that there is a surge of migrants.

Some Republican politicians are claiming that news of more lenient immigration laws is prompting a “surge” of arrivals. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California claims that what is happening is a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”

Yet, a Washington Post report debunks the idea that there is a sudden surge. Rather, what is happening, according to the report, is a usual seasonal trend. CBP has reported a 28 percent increase in apprehensions at the southern border in January and February but data shows an annual spike in migrants from March to May every year.

The issues on the border are complex and will require a lot of time and energy to handle effectively and compassionately. The Biden administration promised to tackle the complex issue of immigration during the campaign.

READ: Biden Is Counting On Mexico’s President To Help With Immigration But That’s A Risky Move

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Human Smuggling Is Suspected In The Tragic SUV Accident That Killed 13 Migrants

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Human Smuggling Is Suspected In The Tragic SUV Accident That Killed 13 Migrants

Another tragic story has unfolded at the U.S. – Mexico border, this time involving the deaths of at least 13 people who were allegedly being smuggled into the United States. Although investigators are still working to piece together the tragic chain of events, one thing has become clear: we need serious immigration reform now.

13 people died in a tragic SUV accident near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The tragedy unfolded when a Ford Expedition carrying 27 people smashed into a gravel truck near the town of El Centro, about 30 miles from the border. Officials say that the Ford SUV and a Chevrolet Suburban, which was carrying 19 people, were earlier caught on video entering the U.S. as part of a smuggling operation.

The Suburban immediately caught fire after entering the U.S., but all the occupants managed to escape and were taken into custody by Border Patrol officers. It’s still unknown why the first vehicle caught fire.

The Ford SUV continued along its route when it collided with a gravel truck. Ten of the 13 people who died in the accident have now been identified as Mexican nationals, Gregory Bovino, the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector chief told the Associated Press.

“Human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life,” said Mr. Bovino.

An SUV designed for 7 or 8 people was carrying 27 people.

California Highway Patrol said that the Ford Expedition was designed to hold seven to eight passengers safely. But in this case all of the seats had been removed apart form the driver and front passenger seats in order to pack people in.

“When I pulled up on scene, there were bodies everywhere,” Alex Silva, the Holtville fire chief, told the LA Times. “I’ve been doing this for 29 years and that’s the worst scene I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to calls where we’ve had four or five people dead. I’ve gone to calls where we had a bus accident that had 24 people. But it wasn’t the fatalities that we had in this one.”

“I’ve never seen an SUV with 25 people in it. I can’t even imagine what that must have felt like being cooped up in there.”

Officials are confident the tragedy is connected to a human smuggling operation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they suspected the deadly crash was tied to human smuggling after the Ford Expedition and a red Suburban were caught on surveillance footage coming through a breach in the border fence. Border Patrol agents insist they did not stop or pursue either vehicle, although community activists express skepticism. Either way, the outcome illustrated the high stakes involved in human smuggling.

While it’s unclear what caused the crash, Jacqueline Arellano, 38, who works with the nonprofit Border Angels, said crashes involving vehicles packed with people aren’t unusual in the region. Arellano, who grew up in El Centro, recalled a crash in 2003 in which she witnessed a Border Patrol vehicle chase an SUV packed with people on Highway 8 heading west toward San Diego.

Migrant advocates agree that major changes need to take place in our country’s immigration laws so that deadly tragedies such as this one never happen again.

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