Earlier in the week, the group Tornillo: The Occupation led a series of actions protesting immigration policies and the treatment of migrant children in the Texas border town of El Paso. Activists from the group staged what they called an “intervention” at the Border Patrol Museum, and brought cards with messages of support to migrants locked up at the Southwest Key Detention Center in El Paso. This is organizer Juan Ortiz speaking at the Border Patrol Museum action.
Juan Ortiz: “United States foreign policy has effected change through structural violence, through economic violence. They’ve become economic refugees, humanitarian refugees, and that’s what it should be recognized. Don’t let them tell you that it’s a violent people that are coming. Don’t let them tell you that they’re enacting violence towards them. It is completely the other way around, when you have children dying under their custody.”