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Phoenix and Yuma Activists Call For Changes at Yuma Border Patrol Station

Holding signs with messages including “Border Crisis: Separating Families” and wearing shirts with phrases like “Migrant Rights are Human Rights, “ members of the Uncage & Reunite Families Coalition, or URFC, came from the Phoenix area to Yuma Tuesday morning.

They gathered outside the U.S. Border Patrol Sector Headquarters to address what they said are unresolved issues.

They were joined by members of Yuma County Indivisible, which hosted a rally at the same location in mid-July, and Arizona House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez.

Esther Duran Lumm is a co-chair for URFC. She said she and many others are awaiting the results of an investigation into allegations that a migrant girl was sexually abused by a Yuma agent.

“That’s why we got up at 5:30 this morning and drove to Yuma, to stand in front of this particular Border Patrol station where this terrible crime supposedly happened and so we want transparency," Duran Lumm said. "We want to know what happened and we want to know what the consequences were.” 

Other speakers mentioned the need for changes in separating families, the Remain in Mexico policy and a need for a congressional field hearing in Arizona.

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Liz Haskell, Co-Facilitator for Yuma County Indivisible on migrants rights.
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Roberto Reveles, past president of ACLU-Arizona and founding President of Somos America
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Arizona House Democratic leader Charlene Fernandez speaks on migrant detention.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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