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Trial today began with video of the interrogation of the two men arrested with Dr. Warren, Jose and Kristian, detained until they testified, then deported. We acknowledge that these stories are not ours to tell, but we also don’t want their experiences to be erased.
Jose and Kristian are from Honduras and El Salvador, respectively. Like so many people who attempt this journey, they had traveled for months by the time they scaled the wall and entered the Arizona desert. #noalmuro #noborderwall
They described dropping their food and water after seeing @CBP in the desert near Ajo, but continued on through the cold, without any supplies. Jose explained how he navigated north - “Q: you know how to guide yourself by the starlight? A: By the stars, yes.”
Meanwhile, the causes of the humanitarian crisis - in the borderlands, Central America, and elsewhere - go unspoken. As recently as 2009, a military coup with US @DeptofDefense support in Honduras led to intensified poverty and severe military repression.
Climate change endangers the lives and ruins the traditional livelihoods of people across the Americas. “El Salvador is projected to lose 10-28% of its coastline before the end of the century. How will all those people survive, and where will they go?” theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
The journey through Mexico has become longer and more dangerous over the last decade. The United States has funded the expansion of border security and immigration enforcement throughout Mexico. Read more in @memomiller’s book Empire of Borders
B/c of the prosecution’s motion, the Trump admin and historic US policies driving displacement and crisis cannot be brought up in the courtroom.

However, we can’t ignore their relevance to our work. #WaterNotWalls #HumanitarianAidIsNeverACrime #NoOneIsIllegal #SafePassage
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