Last Monday, March 21, 2022, asylum seekers took to the streets of Nogales to protest against the second anniversary of Title 42 by reenacting Jesus' journey to the cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross in the Christian tradition. Migrants marched, sang and prayed as they drew parallels between Jesus' passion and death and asylum seekers' experiences of rejection, violence and death at the hands of U.S. and Mexican authorities.
Nearly 70 organizations, including Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, sent a letter to continue to demand a thorough and transparent investigation, justice and closure in the death of Carmelo Cruz Marcos (presente!), a 32-year-old father of three who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent on February 19, 2022 in the Douglas, Arizona area.
Aldemaro was born and raised in El Salvador. He immigrated to the United States in 2001 and became a US Citizen in 2017. The necessity to protect to immigrant’s rights was something he learned early in life. Growing up during the civil war in El Salvador, he witnessed the displacement of people fleeing from violence to find a safe livelihood. After the war, he had the opportunity to immigrate and eventually become a citizen of the United States of America. Aldemaro experienced first-hand the tedious legal process to become a citizen. He also understands the vulnerability immigrants face every day due to their legal status, and the lack of easily available pathways to become citizens and fully realize their human and civil rights.