TUCSON – Thousands of migrants are heading for the U.S. from Central America.
There are protests set to happen Tuesday, in opposition to that deployment.
Organizers of the protest said that they are expecting a big crowd. They say they are standing up for these migrant families.
“We know that the caravan is largely women and children and families,” said Zaira Livier. “They’re tired, they’re dehydrated, they’re sick and we don’t need an armed force, the strongest armed force in the world, to greet them at our doorstep.”
Livier is a migrant herself. She crossed the border at just eight years old and is now a U.S. citizen. She is also now the director of the Tucson non-profit People’s Defense Initiative.
“As a migrant, I have spent a lot of my time trying to convince people that I am a human and that I deserve to live free and safe,” Livier said.
They have organized a peaceful protest to show solidarity. Tucson Anti-War Committee Member, Jim Byrne, says they want to send a message to the government.
“We would want the troops to get off the border and for the US to proceed with the caravan and its members as refugees and work through a legal process of pursuing asylum for them,” Byrne said.
While many on the opposing side say the caravan should not be allowed in the U.S., Byrne says they deserve to be here.
“It’s the conditions that they leaving. It’s not just that they just can’t find a job,” Byrne said. “By the time they get here, I don’t think there’s going to be that many people that we can’t bring in. Every year we routinely bring in tens of thousands of refugees from other parts of the world. Why is it that we have a problem with this set?”
Just days ago, President Trump wrote in a proclamation addressing the migration that “the continuing and threatened mass migration of aliens with no basis for admission into the US has precipitated a crisis and undermines the integrity of our borders.”
Read the full proclamation HERE.
“Do you think these people are going to move into your house and be a drain? How about the 220 million dollars that’s going to be spent towards on the border,” Byrne said.
The protests will take place outside the Federal Building in downtown Tucson at 300 W. Congress, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to join in, but organizers ask that everyone remain peaceful and respectful.