TOPAWA — The strangers arriving in the noisy caravan of white vans seemed out of place at the desert mission in Topawa, where a ghostly rhythm drew on the sounds of dusty winds, screeching crows and a friar hammering atop St. Catherine Church’s aged roof.The strangers stepped out of the vans and clasped hands, forming a chain snaking across the dirt. They sang in Spanish and Nahuatl, the language of indigenous people native to Mexico.“Abuelito, Abuelita,Yo les quiero tanto, tanto,Yo les canto, canto, canto,Inica inihuei temetzcaltzinInica inihuei temetzcaltzin”The song was a gift to the Native people who had welcomed them as guests. It was days into the Caravan Against Fear, a group traveling from California across the Southwest to Texas to build a coalition for their mission: to defend immigrant rights, to keep migrant families together and to resist President Donald Trump’s policies.They chanted a message printed on T-shirts for the trek: No Deportations, No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All.The group of about 60 people came to the San Solano Missions, south of Sells and about 20 miles from the U.S. border, to hear the Tohono O’odham Nation’s vice chairman, Verlon Jose, speak about Trump’s proposed border wall. The structure would cut through about… Read full this story
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