Daily Mail. Monday, May 8th 2017
- Twelve athletes swam 6.2 miles from Imperial Beach, CA to Tijuana on Friday
- Swimmers from five countries were showing their support for immigrants
- The event raised money for the Colibri Center for Human Rights, which helps families identify immigrants who have died while crossing the border
Twelve athletes from five countries swam from the United States to Mexico to show their support for immigrants.
Swimmers from the US, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand and South Africa crossed the border escorted by a Mexican Navy ship and kayakers who paddled alongside them for safety. Supporters held their passports.
They began at 11am on Friday from the city of Imperial Beach, California. They went south toward a fence that juts into the Pacific Ocean and completed the 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) journey by 1pm on a beach in Mexico's border city Tijuana.
'We are closer than it seems at times,' he added.
The swim raised money for the Colibri Center for Human Rights, a non-profit which helps families identify immigrants who die on the dangerous trip across the border.
Organizer Kim Chambers of New Zealand insists the swim isn't a protest against President Donald Trump's border wall or government policy but says an air of 'negativity' after last year's U.S. elections was the catalyst.
'At the end of the day, water connects all of us. It doesn't matter which way you're going,' Chambers said, according to the Miami Herald.
The swimmers' passports were examined by Mexican officials before they left from California.
Though Chambers considered swimming back and forth between Mexico and the US, she decided the trip from the US to Mexico was the easiest. The US Border Patrol told organizers swimmers would have been required to enter the country through an official border crossing.
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