‘Trail for Humanity’ leads through Murrieta

Video by Kim Harris and JP Raineri


A group of mothers along with their children marched through Murrieta on Friday hoping to raise awareness of the border crisis, pressure the Obama administration to stop deportation efforts and encourage congress to come together to pass immigration reform.

The group, known as Trail for Humanity, began their march in Merced, California and planned to arrive at the U.S. Border on Saturday according to Yaleska Castaneda, founder of the group. The group had already walked 325 miles of their planned journey by the time they arrived in a Murrieta neighborhood on their way to city hall and the Border Patrol Station.

“We will be going from city hall to the detention center,” said Castaneda. “We’ve already been walking for 25 days.”

Castaneda said the group, who is marching for their children, walked 15 miles a day and were hosted by community partners in each location they marched.

“We are a group of mothers who got together to organize the walk because we saw the atrocities being committed against the undocumented and it really moved us,” she said. “We’ve been walking along with our children for humanity.”

The group would walk each day then caravan to the next location, not an easy feat in the nearly 100 degree temperatures as the brilliant sunlight beat down on them. Local businesses and residents have supported the group with food, shade and even food.

While there have been occasions where people have reacted negatively, for the most part support has been humbling according to Castaneda.

“People don’t know our immigration status sometimes they see our faces and assume we are undocumented.” she said, adding that they have been heckled, ridiculed and even in some instances physically threatened. “But for every incident there is a bad response there has been an outpouring of love.”

Castaneda said that the group didn’t publish their exact route to protect the children marching with them, some as young as five, but supporters of their cause find them.

“I don’t know how they find us,” she said. “They find us with cases of water, they bring us fruit, put up ice cream stops and it has been an outpouring of love.”

A planned rally at city hall fell through when the group arrived and discovered Murrieta City Hall is closed on Fridays. They planned to move forward with their march to the Border Patrol Station where three buses carrying 140 undocumented immigrants from Central America were turned away by protestors blocking the road chanting “go back home,” and “USA.”

Castaneda said that she was more than just a little nervous to go to the border patrol station where the protests made national news.

“Even though we have prepared legally as much as we can and we have gone through the routes, we don’t know what will happen when we arrive,” she said.

The group made it to the border patrol station without incident and following a brief rally there began the rest of their journey to the border.

Castaneda said she hopes that the group’s efforts can lead to real immigration reform, reuniting the 3.75 million children who were born in the U.S. with their parents who have been deported due to immigration status.

“We just want to make a difference to these families and to those who are faced with deportation,” she said. “We want immigration reform, and that needs to happen soon.”

8 Responses to "‘Trail for Humanity’ leads through Murrieta"

  1. Rita   August 25, 2014 at 9:38 am

    While it is sad and a tragedy that children are separated from their parents, they knew the risk when they came here illegally. These children should be reunited but in the Country of the parents citizenship.

    No Country is strong enough to take on all the troubles of the world without collapse itself. We have starving children around the world with that being said we have starving families here that are citizens of the USA both parents and children. We have USA vets in need, we have elderly in need right here in our back yard.

    Many of our illegals do not even want to learn English won’t even try. A lot of the income made here is sent back out of our country.

    The majority of our illegals add little to our economy and in most cases burden our economy due to health issues, education, medical bills, crime, & homelessness.

    There is a correct way to come here anyone entering our country should be crime free, healthy, have a occupation and be able to sustain work that will support their family and willing to learn English our tax dollars should not be burdened with students that have special language needs do to being illegal.

    Then there is the issue of the ones that come here legally, I applaud them

  2. Fed Up   August 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    No…we cannot take in all of Mexico and Central America….if they march to the border, let them keep marching. Who is it exactly who wants immigration reform? The citizens of this country who have been forced to take in millions of illegals and now cannot get them out? I think not. Of course the illegals from Mexico and central America want reform. Since when do they get to dictate the laws of this country?

    If they want to be reunited with their families, let them go back where they came from…soon the chant will be that in order to be reunited with their families, they will demand to bring their families remaining in Mexico or Central America here….insane….

  3. God's Borders   August 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Sadly, the comments here are extremely uninformed. The children from Central America are refugees escaping death squads in their country or origin. They came to stand under the protective torch of Lady Liberty and to unite with family living in America. This protective status was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Immigration Reform is needed to address a crisis much more complicated than the simplistic knee-jerk "go back to where you come from!"

  4. mknight   August 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Who stopped the early settlers from immigrating to this continent? What about the Irish, Jewish, Scottish…etc. People who are the decendants of immigrants have a false sense of entitlement. This land was and always will remain here after all of these people are dead. For crapsake…no one is going to take anything with them to the grave…so why fight and argue over land? Or money? Live free and let others live free during our time here on earth.

  5. 3j   August 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I cannot imagine the conditions that would have to exist for me to send my children to a foreign country alone.

  6. Fed Up   August 28, 2014 at 9:08 am

    "The Torch of Lady Liberty"….sing me another sad song….

    My ancestors are Irish and yep, came here legally….interject here sad violin music….

    It is still so simple that anyone can understand it….We Cannot Take Everyone in the World Who Wants to Come Here.

    "Reuniting them with their family"(families) is a never ending process…some 11 million of them are here, correct me if I’m wrong, ILLEGALLY already.

    Can we all stand up and say loudly enough for any politicians to hear above their ‘voting block’ counting…..SEND THEM HOME…………..

  7. Fed Up   August 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I might add that those wanting them here should take their heads out of the sand long enough to figure out how long it will be before your vote does not count….not long at all. politicians are already taking into account the number of votes they win / lose from the Hispanic vote and acting accordingly. It is a very short day away when your vote is actually outnumbered by the Hispanic vote and then you will no longer have to worry about all of those children…the votes will all go to bringing them here…oh, wait a minute…perhaps all of those who have by then been given amnesty will be saying NIMBY….

  8. Bill Cunnane   August 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    These so called kids are NOT refugees, not migrants and not undocumented immigrants… they are ILLEGAL ALIENS! We need the 2008 law suspended, the court dates done away with and we need to sort out these people by country of origin and ship them back on military transports in mass. No detention centers, no shelters, no amnesty no medical and no schooling. They need to be removed and not let back in. The border needs to be secured and all force required to make it secure needs to be used including stopping all boats rafts and jet skies. Sink them if need be but turn them away. Any illegal aliens caught needs to be forced back over the border where they came from Coyotes should be shot on the spot. Its time to let these illegals and corrupt Mexican and central American countries know we will no longer stand for their illegal aliens coming here. The bleeding hearts, LUPE and LaRaza need to be shut down and we need to secure our borders no matter what the cost and methods.


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