Texas Immigrant Rights Caravan Ends with Die-In at Senator Cornyn's Office

From reformimmigrationfortexas.org:

Six more people were arrested today in Austin, Texas protesting the border militarization provisions in immigration reform.

Their arrests come two days after three were arrested at the Democratic Party headquarters in Dallas, where they were also protesting militarization.

About 300 people people flooded 6th Street in Austin just before rush hour. They shut down traffic, blocking cars with giant cardboard fences — representing the border wall. Protestors demonstrated in front of the fence and handed out leaflets with information on the humanitarian crisis of migrant deaths at the border. Militarization forces migrants into the hands of criminals who promise to get them to the U.S., but who often abuse, exploit or abandon them. Those making the journey alone are pushed into the most dangerous, most remote areas. Falfurrias, Texas is one such area where the number of bodies is overwhelming the small police force there.

The protest was a die-in. Think sit-in.

With faces painted to represent the hundreds who die in the desert, protestors laid down in front of the cardboard fence and stopped moving or responding to people around them.

Police were eventually called and had to carry each limp protestor off the street before arresting them.

As protestors staged the die-in, the Senate was taking a vote to pass their immigration reform package. The deal was poisoned Monday with the adoption of the Corker-Hoeven amendment. The amendment represents a concession to the border-enforcement-first crowd and will double Border Patrol ranks, double the border wall, bring 18 border drones and new Black Hawk helicopters plus an array of military weapons and surveillance technology. The deal was touted as a way to get to 70 votes in the Senate. The amendment passed with only 67.

Today’s event is the last in a two-week long statewide caravan for citizenship and accountable enforcement that began in El Paso. Caravaners marched into offices of John Cornyn and Ted Cruz in Harlingen, San Antonio and Dallas.  On Wednesday, about 50 people shut down Democratic Party headquarters in Dallas — leading to the arrest of three caravaners.

The inclusion of militarization in the immigration reform deal means it is no longer about families and American values, the protestors argue. Carrying messages that compared the U.S.-Mexico border to the Korean DMZ, and asked “Is this reform?”

After their friends were arrested, the crowd then went to the jail to protest for the quick release of “the Texas Six.”

 

 

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Re: Texas Immigrant Rights Caravan Ends with Die-In at Senator Cornyn's Office

 How much you get pay to do this action? Who sponsor everything? Where and at what time is the next event in your agenda? Ong's pfff I wonder if any of you really have the courage to do somenthing within the community without been pay for it. You are playing the game the sistem called democracy and free speach, but they sponsor all the ong's, do you really thing that if someone do something within the community without been pay and start moving the people will be release from jail? Good try and maybe good intentions but put your feet on the ground and be realistic please. All the people that organize this kind of stuff are pay and some are voluntaries that belived everything is true. Do not fool yourself and do something, without been pay.

Re: Texas Immigrant Rights Caravan Ends with Die-In at Senator Cornyn's Office

Comical, a "die in." Keep up the clowns and realize we're not laughing with you, we're....

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