Phoenix.-Amy John drove two hours to the North from the remote community of Arizona on the border with Mexico to protest against the deployment of troops in the area. She is one of the many people of the Southwest that are pronounced against the decision of the President Donald Trump of the emplacement to 5,000 soldiers on the border to prevent the passage of a convoy of Central American migrants who advances slowly towards Unidos.En States the Paso, Texas, will be held a March against the military deployment weekend. In Laredo, the Mayor issued a statement in which he describes the sending of soldiers as «false actions» that «will generate despair and will damage the economy of our region».
«Although all of our communities are very distinct and different, we all experience the same thing, the aftermath of militarization on the border», said John, who on Thursday participated with several people at a press conference in Phoenix. «The increase in the military presence scares». John is a member of the Tohono O’odham nation, which stretches 120.7 kilometers (75 miles) along the border with Mexico. The inhabitants of the indigenous community have a relationship complicated with border patrol, and its authorities have spoken out against the plans of the President to build a border wall.
AP Photo «deployment of soldiers seems to Me absolutely terrifying. The extent of militarization that already are experiencing on a daily basis and in which we are living is like being in a nightmare awake», said Eva Lewis, resident of the small town of Arivaca, located within walking distance to the North of the border with Mexico.muchos residents of Arivaca have grappled for years with checkpoints on the border patrol, where to ask them to stop and to declare if they are Americans. To go to schools or tents must pass through checkpoints, and many locals say that officers discriminate against latinos in the area, claim that the Agency rejects. In Nogales, Arizona, located opposite a town of the same name in Mexico, residents they said mortified, confused and dismayed when the armed forces arrived the day of the elections to install barbed wire on a border fence, according to the newspaper International.Hasta Nogales on Thursday had more than 5,600 soldiers deployed at the border. Of these, 2,800 are in Texas, 1,500 in Arizona and 1,300 in California.Las military authorities are confident that Monday as more than 7,000 soldiers for the mission are deployed. It was not possible to reach a spokesperson for the Department of Defense on Thursday.
Photo AP however, not all people reject military presence. Jim Chilton, Squire of Arizona on the border and staunch supporter of Trump, said this week in a statement to the AP that welcomes the arrival of more troops. Chilton noted that the 40 kilometers (25 miles) of international border in Arivaca have poor protection and he is witness of the trafficking of drugs and people into the area.» The lack of access and infrastructure, the presence of vigilantes of the posters, as well as rugged terrain and an inefficient strategy of ‘defense in depth’ de facto create a ‘no man’s land’ in which border farmers live and work», he said Chilton.A despite the rhetoric about the caravan of Central American migrants, illegal immigration to the United States is located in its historic levels lower, and border patrol agents twice has conducted this year only a fraction of the arrests made in the year 2000, during the peak of the illegal crossings. In this note: