Migrants in Nogales march in honor of World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Sunday marked World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The day highlights people around the globe who have left their homes for safety or more opportunity. Migrants at the Arizona border marked the day with an event was organized by the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora. Hundreds of migrants have passed through the city or gotten stuck there in recent years due to asylum restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jaret Ornelus with the Kino Border Initiative said he’d taken part in search and rescue missions looking for migrants lost in Arizona’s borderlands. He said they've come across five migrants who were in need of medical assistance over the last year.
"Especially someone who is in really dire circumstances, who is just a few hours from going into a critical state of passing away. People can say it’s a miracle, a miracle that right then we were there to find this person," he said.
Still, he said the remains of 30 people were found in the desert in July alone.
Migrants carried banners and talked about barriers they faced in Nogales, like finding homes to rent and getting medical assistance, while waiting to seek asylum in the U.S.