25 migrants rescued in Yuma show change on the American-Mexican border
25 migrants were dragged out of a canal in Yuma over the weekend after a proxy saw them boarding.
YUMA, Arizona – A Yuma sheriff’s assistant helped pull 25 migrants out of the canal over the weekend, according to the Yuma County sheriff’s office.
The proxy and a border guard helped pull them out of the water after the proxy said he saw them having a hard time staying afloat after jumping and swimming.
The sheriff’s office released an edited video of the MP pulling some people off the channel, and proponents say it reveals part of the state of migration to the United States
Children were seen on the video of the children being dragged out of the sewer by the deputy.
“I think what struck me the most was how small the children were,” said Juanita Molina, executive director of the Border Action Network.
Molina said migration has changed from adult single men to asylum seekers and families, including children.
“Here we see the severity of this crisis and the potentially fatal consequences for the vulnerable populations that are just crossing,” said Molina.
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“We’d rather die trying”
Molina said that as they make their way to the United States, people are becoming more and more desperate and ready to risk the difficult terrain to get into the country.
“What we keep hearing when we speak to migrants who have crossed the border, even though these are very dangerous circumstances, the answer is always the same: ‘We’d rather die trying,” said Molina.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Molina says the groups of people who cross are shrinking as they navigate the desert, mountains, and even bodies of water to get to the United States
“Especially in the Tucson sector, there are a number of people receiving instructions over the radio or cell phone to cross,” said Molina. “And so, people use physical markers and have someone guide them over a phone or walkie-talkie to tell them where to go.”
Molina said when migrants arrive in the US, they have to walk for weeks or even months.
“People are in such desperate situations in their own countries,” said Molina. “This ranges from the economic problems that people are literally starving to death in their villages, to a lack of work and cartel violence.”
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“We mustn’t underestimate that”
The Yuma District Sheriff’s Office said no major casualties had been reported to the group that had been pulled from the canal and treated by border guards.
Molina said change is needed to cope with changing migration to America.
“We have to adapt our systems to meet current needs and the human rights crisis,” said Molina.
Molina said it’s not just about the number of people, it’s also about the different needs they have due to the different populations entering the US
“We can’t underestimate that,” said Molina.
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