[Gallery] Vigil and commemoration: Not one more refugee death – McAllen, Texas

The Human Rights Coalition of South Texas organized a vigil to commemorate refugees and immigrants who have lost their lives on their journey to the United States. The event took place across the street of the U.S. Homeland Security and Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas on the morning of Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Organizations from around the state gathered for an interfaith ceremony to welcome the refugees and children fleeing violence in their home countries into the U.S. An estimated 500 people participated in support of this event.

—– La Coalición de Derechos Humanos del Sur de Tejas organizo una vigilia para conmemorar a los refugiados e inmigrantes que han muerto durante su jornada a los Estados Unidos. El evento fue ubicado al frente de el Centro del U.S. Homeland Security y Border Patrol en McAllen, Texas en la mañana del sábado, julio 19, 2014.

Organizaciones de todo el estado se reunieron para una ceremonia interreligiosa para dar bienvenida a los refugiados y niños huyendo de países violentos y hacia los Estados Unidos. Aproximadamente 500 personas participaron a favor de este evento.

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Unaccompanied Minors: Humanitarian Crisis – Three-Day Action

The Minority Affairs Council and United We Dream held a three-day action to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis on the southern border due to the influx of Central American immigrants, many of them who are women and unaccompanied minors. The action began with a press conference with speakers from all over the nation who came to express their support.

The event was held from July 10 through July 12 across the street from Sacred Heart Church, the church that has transformed an area of their facilities to an aid station for these immigrants, in McAllen, Texas.  

Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American and Writer/Director of “Documented”

Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American and Writer/Director of “Documented”

Austin L. Thompson, Millenial Project Coordinator for SEIU

Austin L. Thompson, Millenial Project Coordinator for SEIU

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Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director of United We Dream

Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director of United We Dream. Behind her, Sacred Heart Church, the one who has transformed an area of their facilities to a center that is aiding immigrants, is shown.