Caption: “Border Patrol also stabbed all of the gallons in the back of a truck that was at Byrd Camp during the raid on Friday. Attacks on our work are attacks on people crossing the border. Irreparable damage was done to the people who sought aid in our camp.”
Caption: “One volunteer was able to get a few pictures from inside camp when BORTAC and Border Patrol entered. Heavily armed agents drove straight into the humanitarian aid camp in a Bearcat tank as helicopters circled overhead.”
Caption: “Border Patrol also brought a cameraman. He filmed the scene as agents chased and arrested people who had sought out humanitarian aid and respite from the 100 degree heat. More photos and footage exist, but phones are still in custody.”
Caption: “Border Patrol and BORTAC arrested people receiving care and ransacked the humanitarian aid station, ripping apart tents and destroying medical supplies. This morning during clean up, volunteers also saw that agents had disconnected the power to the well, the only water source on the property of the remote desert camp.”
Experts and activists discuss deaths of migrants on U.S. soil, attacks on humanitarian workers, and efforts to identify the dead.
- The 2,000-person migrant shelter in Matamoros, Mexico, reports its first cases of the coronavirus after months of humanitarian aid efforts to prevent an outbreak. Three asylum seekers tested positive and five others have been isolated in contact tracing efforts. The medical staff of Global Response Management, the nonprofit assisting the camp, states that they feel confident in their aggressive approach to the cases. They have prepared over the months by establishing field hospitals, temperature checkpoints, and testing stations.
- El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz fears the repercussions the Supreme Court decision to uphold the quick removal of some asylum seekers without a hearing will have on migrant communities along the border during the pandemic. Seitz has created a fund in partnership with the Hope Border Institute to help shelters caring for migrants stuck in Ciudad Juárez and founded a program with the Border Refugee Assistance fund to aid expectant migrant mothers.
- At this point, no one at the migrant border camp in Matamoros, Mexico, has tested positive for COVID-19. The camp is receiving support from Global Response Management (GRM). Many of the nurses and doctors running the border clinics in Matamoros are Cuban asylum seekers themselves.
- TPR reports on the migrant encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, which shelters over 1,500 people. Helen Perry, executive director of Global Response Management (GRM), shares that there have not been any positive cases within the camp – a testament to the safety measures introduced. In addition to quick isolation and testing of anyone showing symptoms, GRM and its volunteers are rapidly constructing tented hospitals and manufacturing over 100 hand-made masks every day.