• Founder of California-based group spoke to migrant rights activists in Tenerife
• ‘Border Angels’ hopes to help provide assistance in Spain to migrants, refugees
The founder of U.S. migrant assistance organization ‘Border Angels’ addressed Spanish immigration rights activists in Tenerife last week and said his organization is hoping to establish chapters in Spain to help provide humanitarian assistance to Middle Eastern and African immigrants and refugees seeking political asylum status in Europe.
Enrique Morones, who founded Border Angeles in 1986 in San Diego, California, and has overseen the organization’s assistance provided to thousands of predominantly Mexican and Central American immigrants making the desert border crossing from Mexico into California, says he sees much the same need for emergency and humanitarian assistance for refugees and migrants fleeing the turmoil in their countries and seeking a new life in Spain and Europe.
The partial wall constructed by the United States along the border with California in 1996, he said, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of immigrants over the past decade. Morones said the current global immigration and refugee crisis is very worrisome and noted that last year alone, nearly 8,000 migrants and asylum seekers died last year attempting to cross borders to reach safe haven, with nearly 5,000 dying just trying to reach Europe from North Africa.
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