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Immigrant Lives Remembered Through Human Rights Efforts

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The current political climate mixed with the demand for better pay has created an immigration crisis. South Texas Human Rights Center spokesperson, Eddie Canales says there are many issues that we face today. "We have a broken immigration system, and the approach the we have right now is just an enforcement  approach- we're not dealing with rude causes and why people are leaving." he adds.

On this 15th anniversary, we remember the immigrants who stood side by side in a hot semi truck beginning the journey to a better life- this ultimately led to their own death.

"It's still happening, there's still situations where people are being brought in trailers and people are still dying" says Canales. 

A  rural area, heat, and sometimes no water led to the lonely crosses that line a fence for a memorial here in Victoria. These crosses that became gravestones for the unnamed and undocumented. 

An organization based out of Corpus Christi has one mission:  "The South Texas Human Rights Center is an humanitarian community based organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the  Texas/México border through community initiatives."

As advocates for fleeing immigrants sometimes their obligation is the gruesome task of finding families for the dead or the lost. 

'Whether people are being detained or apprehended- as families call in regarding searching for their loved ones and then [we] also trying to coordinate rescue and recovery" says Canales.

Here in the crossroads area, there was a shortage of groups and organizations that specifically catered to immigrant communities, meaning those resources may be scarce. However, South Texas Human Rights Center hopes to change the prospective on immigrant human rights and offer safe help. 

Eddie Canales adds that he knows there are people who are willing to help, "its a receiving society, its one that does understand human rights, and there are good people on this side."

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