Sasabe Crisis/ Agua Prieta

Update: Since we were able to have a heavy presence at Sasabe, Border Patrol is now deporting migrants to the town of Agua Prieta (another remote border town). While we continue to help Sasabe, we are shifting our focus to provide aid to those being deported to Agua Prieta without due process.

Since March 2020, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has immediately (often within an hour of capture) expelled over 204,000 migrants at the US-Mexico border, including over 13,000 children, many unaccompanied, through enforcement of Title 42 U.S. Code § 265, which authorizes the Surgeon General (aka Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) “to prohibit, in whole or in part, the introduction of persons and property from such countries or places” to reduce the introduction of communicable diseases. Yet there is no evidence that COVID-19 rates are higher among migrants, and CDC’s own doctors claim the order has no basis in public health. Consequently, thousands of migrants are forced over the U.S.-Mexico border, regardless of their country of origin, age, or situation, without due process, into overflowing shelters in Nogales and Sonoyta, into the freezing desert, or into the death grip of the Sinoloa Cartel. Only recently (Nov 18) has a Federal judge ordered a stop to expelling unaccompanied children.

Dr. Jason S. Kilgore
Associate Professor of Biology
Coordinator, Environmental Science Major
Washington & Jefferson College

Since the middle of September of 2020, Salvavision with several other organizations (Green valley, Ajo, Tucson Samaritans, No More Deaths, Casas Alitas, and private donors) have been delivering 700 bags of fruit cups, protein bars, chicken sandwiches, and water bottles weekly.

Since the beginning of the Pandemic, Border Patrol has been deporting as many 700 migrants and asylum seekers to the border town of Sasabe, Sonora weekly, where these individuals/families are left with no resources. This town is a prime area for cartels and human trafficking. We are committed to ensuring that those displaced here have the aid to live another day and survive the colder months ahead.

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