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New Organization Emerges to Aid Deported Mexican Nationals

ABBA House

By Joseph Plummer

The Trump administration’s aggressive deportation of undocumented workers can already be witnessed today in San Miguel de Allende, as men, women, and children arrive here after a long and difficult journey from the border. In response, a growing network of local volunteers has begun to organize Caminamos Juntos (We Walk Together) as a vehicle through which individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based communities can provide help for exhausted, hungry, disoriented, and homeless Mexican nationals deported from the United States.

Anticipating hundreds more arriving here in 2018 as the Trump administration accelerates deportations, Caminamos Juntos invites San Miguelenses to convert outrage over U.S. policies into humanitarian assistance for the resettlement of these nonconsenting returning Mexican citizens.

Caminamos Juntos operates under the auspices of ABBA, AC. a Mexican nonprofit located in Celaya. ABBA House has a long history of providing temporary shelter for Central American refugees fleeing northward to escape political violence and extreme poverty, and deported Mexican nationals on their forced trek south from the US border to Guanajuato and other states in Mexico. ABBA House’s humanitarian mission will expand while working with San Miguel-based Caminamos Juntos.

As its vision develops, Caminamos Juntos will create a pathway of transitional support, meeting immediate needs such as shelter, food, and clothing as well as legal, medical, psychological, and social services that will enable returning Mexicans to rebuild their lives in Mexico. US authorities routinely confiscate identification documents and currency before deportation, and many persons with longtime experience as productive workers must nevertheless re-establish their identities before searching for employment, training, and permanent housing.

Caminamos Juntos has begun raising funds for this work through the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, continuing the organization’s commitment to issues of poverty in San Miguel and nearby rural communities. The congregation has included $5,000 in its proposed 2018 budget for the support of Caminamos Juntos. Additional vehicles for public communication and support of this project are being developed.

At present, contributions to support this effort can be directed to through either PayPal or Zelle Interbank Transfer.

Checks payable to UUFSMA can be mailed to Frost Bank, Attn: Lorena Salazar, 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78209. In the memo line, please write: Deposit to Acct. #610227587 for Caminamos Juntos.

For further information about participating in this effort, or to indicate your support, e-mail


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