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Explanation of our decision to postpone the People to People Fact-Finding Delegation to the U.S.-Mexico Border

Tribuno Del Pueblo  |  Issue: May | June 2020
Migrant family in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Migrant family in Tamaulipas, Mexico shelter.
PHOTO: BALDEMAR VELAZQUEZ

 

Dear Supporters of the Tribuno del Pueblo and People’s Tribune:

Due to the coronavirus crisis and the closing of the U.S.-Mexico border we are postponing the People to People Fact-Finding Delegation to the U.S.-Mexico Border until further notice. (The delegation was originally scheduled to travel April 22 – May 3, 2020.)

This in no way lessens the delegation’s commitment and desire to put the spotlight on the situation faced by migrants and the border communities on both sides of the border.

On the contrary, now more than ever, given the coronavirus crisis worldwide we’ll redouble our vigilance and attention on these vulnerable populations, migrants and refugees.

We’re going to refocus our efforts in another form.  Those of us in the delegation from Illinois, California, Texas and Michigan will write dispatches, articles and communiqués reporting on the conditions and the fight for migrant and refugee rights. These will be disseminated digitally in various forms, including via the Tribuno del Pueblo and the People’s Tribune.

But we won’t stop there. The members of the delegation will be putting the spotlight and attention on the other vulnerable populations—the prisoners, those in detention centers, and the unhoused—so that we can continue to be part of the momentum until they are freed and housed.

We reach out to those who have donated and ask you to give us permission to keep your cherished donations in a separate fund until the Delegation visits the U.S.-Mexico border communities in the foreseeable future.

Thanks to all, and we’ll keep you posted.

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