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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. 

The swimmers, pictured, from the US, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand and South Africa crossed the border, including a wall that juts out into the Pacific Ocean

Twelve athletes from six countries, pictured, swam from the United States to Mexico to show their support for immigrants

They started at 11am on Imperial Beach in California and finished the swim at 1pm on a beach in Tijuana, Mexico

Mexican immigration officials checked the passports of the swimmers before they left California and supporters held the passports while they swam
 
The athletes were welcomed in Tijuana by more than 100 schoolchildren who cheered when they arrived at the public celebration where Mexico's top immigration official in the area, Rodulfo Figueroa, applauded the swimmers, saying it was a 'very nice symbol,' according to the Miami Herald

'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. 

The event raised money for the Colibri Center for Human Rights, a non-profit that helps families identify immigrants who die on the dangerous trip across the border

Organizer Kim Chambers 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 US elections was the catalyst 

The athletes were welcomed in Tijuana by schoolchildren and a public celebration where Mexico's top immigration official in the area applauded the swimmers. Mexican swimmer Antonio Arguellas is pictured 
 
Chambers, the event's planner said: 'At the end of the day, water connects all of us. It doesn't matter which way you're going'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4478106/Swimmers-cross-US-Mexico-border-support-immigrants.html#ixzz4gV8ILjwK

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