Armando, United States, Mexico discussed on Democracy Now! Audio
Call singing eternal love. This is democracy now democracy now dot org the warren peace report. I made me goodman in new york joined by democracy now co host solace and new brunswick new jersey high one and welcome to all of our listeners and viewers across the country and around the world. Well the west. Texas town of van horn is in the news today as the site of the scheduled private spaceflight launched by blue origin. The company started by amazon founder. Jeff bezos one of the richest men passengers will include the ninety-year-old actor william shatner best known for playing captain. Kirk gone star trek. Shatner and three others will be rocketed. High above the unforgiving. Chihuahua desert that straddles. Us mexico border for these giddy. Space tourists experiencing weightlessness. It may be the trip of a lifetime but far below countless others. Make a four weightier trip attempting the perilous trek from mexico across the desert furnace on foot seeking refuge in the united states. Many of these migrants exhausted and dehydrated perish in the desolate terrain. We begin today looking at the tragic story of the father of two boys. He crossed the texas mexico border with hopes of reuniting with his family in utah he was last for heard from an early may as he tried to walk cross the texture desert on foot for more than a decade armando allay hernandez was one of more than twelve million undocumented residents in the united states. He was deported in two thousand sixteen leaving behind family in park city utah including his two sons now thirteen and seventeen. They're both us citizens by birth after spending five formative years without his father his elder son. Derek asked his dad if he could visit them in. The united states are mondo promised he would find a way. Little is known about our monitor's trek across the border and through the desert. But he did make calls to derrick and leave some voice messages in one call armando toll. Derek he was out of water that his cell phone was almost dead that he didn't think he could go on and another message. Armando described the clothing that he was wearing a career either arrive in about three hours block jordan sweatshirt armando also described the harsh terrain in texas desert. Browser can make all the way up there. It's all the way up to peaks and all the way over the hill. These messages with the last time on does family heard his voice based on a photo are mondo sent his family. It appears he was in head. Speth county southeast of el paso near eagle peak where the us government has a radar installation are mondo was never heard from again in a moment. We'll be joined by his son. Derek but i. I want to turn to our monitor's brother soleil alejo. His restaurant worker. In park city utah he in armando i migrated to the united states together in two thousand marcos last spoke to our mondo in early may just before he went missing and the desert india tennis income. Is this gay. We're searching for a missing for five months now. He was coming to the united states to help his child who asked for support with school. He came here to work. He's a very honest and hardworking person. Boy you run. We're asking for the support of border patrol. Then we asked the mexican consulate for support and they would say yes but we never signed the action. I would call them every days and they will tell me they were looking for him but we didn't have any luck. The brothers very kind person and it would not world to us. If he returned his entire family. We're also worried because it's been five months. We want to see him. We want to hug it. But we sadly can't i don't know what's going on brothers a very calm person. And he came here so excited to work and help out a stew. Children cope with his in. Mexico is so worry mother is ill. We hope we have a miracle soon. I've been fighting trying to find him with two other agencies the has called the catholic church's in texas. And i don't have any lancia's called the morgue all the tell me is you just have to. You just have to wait these. We've done for the past five months we've heard nothing. That's marco soleil ho speaking to democracy now about his brother armando who went missing in texas desert and early. may we're joined now by two guests. Fernando garcia is with us he's founder and executive director of the paso texas spaceport border network for human rights. He's in los angeles now and with us from park city. Utah is armando seventeen year old son. Derek alejo hobart ios. Derek was the last person to speak to armando before he went missing. Hi derrick thank you so much for joining us. We heard those painful last clips of your dad whatsapp messages that he left you. Can you talk about what you understood about his journey. What i understood was Took a longer route the launder out but it was easier running into the immigration right away so we took that route instead and the day before he called and said that everything seemed like was going as planned but murray nachshon as where he called me that he got into some trouble on that he wasn't doing so good and that he was. I'd walk other food and they're not trouble started. Kiosks me to find any hobby was border patrol and you have to go back to jail for that so he wasn't afraid to go back but he is wanted help from someone to at least Them so you wouldn't be stranded out in the desert and derek at the time that he called you traveling by himself or had started out with a group of people at first. You talk about that.