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from Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico April 2, 2012

Vía Crucis del Migrante

The Migrant Way of the Cross

 “Semana Santa-Holy Week” is here and Mexico’s growing Immigrant Rights Movement will convene in Tenosique, Tabasco, at the Southern border and will stage “El Via Crucis del Migrante-The Migrant’s Way of the Cross 2012.”

The immigrants, leaders  and volunteers, led by Fray Tomas, will travel on foot 60 miles from the border town of La Palma to Tenosique and will represent the 13 stations that Jesus of Nazareth walked with the wooden cross on his back, on his way to be  crucified.

Elvira Arellano -formerly a Mexican immigrant icon in the US who was  deported “Express” in August 2007 and today is a full fledged defender of human rights in Mexico and Los Angeles activist Javier Rodriguez arrived Today at Refugio LA 72,  host of El Via Crucis.

Tenosique is ZETA territory and is the starting points where daily hundreds of Central Americans hop on a cargo train named “La Bestia-The Beast” and begin the most dangerous trek on their way to the American Dream.

In an area 60 miles from the border with Guatemala, the town of Tenosique presently receives an estimated 900 crossing immigrants daily and many will participate in the Via Crucis with members and volunteers of the progressive Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano-Mesoamerican Migrant Movement founded and led by Fr. Fray Tomas, Fr. Luis Angel Nieto, Elvira Arellano, Martha Sanchez  Soler, Jose Jacques Medina, Ruben Figueroa, and  Irineo Mujica, the majority of them trained in the US.

The objective of this year’s event, the first for this shelter, is to sensitize Mexican public opinion to 1. The plight of the tens of thousands of crossing immigrants who annually are victimized by organized crime, the local and Federal Police, Mexico’s Immigration Department, etc., through extortion, kidnappings, murder, forced induction into crime, the rape of 80% of all female immigrants, constant robberies and daily flagrant human rights violations. Which, ironically is also the fate of many Mexican immigrants in their own country 2. The need for a generous immigration law, like the one recently approved by the Mexican Congress, but however, it is being held hostage unconstitutionally by the Calderon administration, attempting to water it down 3. The fact that immigration today is a forced phenomena and it’s full of documented violence in which all the paths to the north are full of mine fields. 4. And finally that the roots of poverty, unemployment, gang persecution, and domestic violence of the sending countries can be found in the contemporary brutal version of capitalist globalization.

Contacts in Mexico

La 72, Hogar Refugio para Personas Migrantes – 934 102 8644 –

Rubén Figueroa – 934 116 57 94 –

Marta Sanchez Soler – 044 555 435 2637 –


Thursday April 5, 2012

9:00 – 12:00 The wait for crossing immigrants at La Palma, arriving from El Naranjo, Guatemala.

Reception by activists, human rights defenders and volunteers.

12:00 Start of El Viacrucis-The Way of the Cross at La Palma on the highway to Tenosique.

19:00 Arrival to the community of Guadalupe Victoria and a fogata-a fire.

Friday April 6, 2012

8:00 Begin the path of the Viacrucis to Tenosique

11:00 Arrival to the rail road station in Tenosique

13:00 Crucifixtion – Mutilation at the Tenosique Train Station

14:00 Arrival to the Shelter LA 72