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One voice our nation must condemn racism bigotry and white supremacy that was his largest denunciation of weight nativism and and and this sort of extremist rhetoric in action but it I don't think it's too late to dampen it but we we we need this to be the story from now on in order to dampen the level of violence that was Monica Duffy toft we'll hear more from her later in the show today but we begin with the world's immigration editor Monica Campbell who covers the U. S. Mexico border and what she's been hearing there's a collective mourning on both sides I was checking in with people in quite as in el Paso and also in other parts of the border and one of the pastors that I met when I was since you're not quite as recently he runs a migrant shelter in that city and he said that he was including prayers for people from Mexico and the United States in this weekend service says everybody was you know in other ways kind of bracing themselves for something like this I think just not just along the border but among Latino communities and people of who are brown in the United States we're bracing themselves for something horrible like this to happen in some ways it's not surprising with the rhetoric in the country you recently got back Monica from the Tijuana San Diego border where you are an assignment in this week we're gonna be hearing a series of your stories from there called the waiting room what have you been looking at exactly what I've been looking at how you with the changes in US policy at the border the reality that thousands of migrants are now waiting in Mexico you hear people say it that it's become this big waiting room you know and I wanted to go back to Tijuana to see and hear what that's like how are people managing these prolonged wait what's it like for somebody who's just arrived to the border to see other people who've been there for nearly a year I also wanted to see how people were living you know the day to day living conditions and how people are thinking about what's next how long can people wait on the Mexican side of the border what are those daily calculations like right and despite what we hear about up migrant caravans come from Central America you you found it to be along the border there and increasingly international mix of people not just Central America absolutely I mean it's still larger central American people from Honduras El Salvador Guatemala but also people from Mexico asylum seekers people fleeing dangerous parts of Mexico arriving to the U. S. Mexico border in this case to ana and seeking asylum from their own country in being forced to wait at the border in Mexico so that is something that's always striking to me Mexicans being kept in Mexico wanting to find a safer place to live it's also a very international increasing international group of people at the border their entire apartment buildings in Tijuana filled with people from Cameroon from Haiti from Cuba from Ethiopia and including the person that we'll hear from next in this first story his name is want rock man and he's from Iraq a young man from Iraq into Quanah and he told me how he made his way to the US Mexico border an incredibly long journey but also one that is not too unusual to find at certain parts of the border all right Monica thanks for that set up let's hear your story growing Rockman had never done anything like this for one week he says he trekked through the daring gap it's a stretch of rain forest running from Columbia to Panama anyone who's migrated north by land from South America knows about it it's a grueling and dangerous robin took videos for his mom along the way five hours twelve five six hours of walking each day he says in the video the jungle so dense it's like night under the canopy there are no roads Rollins who's twenty eight years old is drenched in sweat and is following this swampy path dotted with empty water bottles but he isn't alone and points to people with him from the few via a few the from the fall from Hoover three from Iraq Nepal Cuba in the Iraqis that includes robin and his older brother all headed for the United States for rob when that was just one lake in his three month journey north many migrants choose to travel by land because they're tighter visa restrictions for air travel when we met the other day robin had reached the border and was in Tijuana.

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