Apr 30, 2018; Tijuana, MEXICO; Central American migrants camped outside the entrance of the San Ysidro port of entry. Locals and other humanitarian organization bring the blanket, clothing, and food after being turned away Sunday by U.S. Customs and Borde

Good Samaritans helping migrants from Central America (Photo credit: Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic Via USA Today Network)

Caravan of Dreams: 'The Good Samaritans Aiding In The Migrant's Plight'

Stories of the migrants journey and their hopes for new life in America.

Matt Bigler
May 17, 2018 - 9:56 am
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(KCBS Radio) - The migrants who arrived at the U.S./Mexico border earlier this month couldn't have done it without the assistance from dozens of volunteers and aid groups. In part four of our series 'Caravan of Dreams', KCBS Radio reporter Matt Bigler talks to some of the people who put their lives on hold to help the migrants journey to America.

When the migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana, the people were exhausted. Many were sick and they had little more than the shirts on their backs. But total strangers rushed to their aid on both sides of the border.

Apr 30, 2018; Tijuana, MEXICO; Elena Alderman from Pueblo Sin Fronteras, helping Central American migrants who camped outside the entrance of the San Ysidro port of entry. Locals and other humanitarian organization bring the blanket, clothing, and food af

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Kathy Deweese Parkinson lives in Tijuana and served coffee and tea at the migrants camp. "Well I think that the United States is responsible for the conditions in these people's countries and we absolutely owe them the right to be allowed to come to the United States if they need
to."

BIGLER: "Why did you decide to come over?"
DEWEESE PARKINSON: "Because I am a human being."

Meanwhile, on the U.S. side Wendy Batterson got involved after she saw a picture of the makeshift camp on Facebook. "And I said 'I can't leave it like this. I can't turn my back on this.'"

So she used social media to raise funds to buy food and medicines. "I ended up raising about $4,500 and I went with a friend that's a registered nurse. We went to WalMart and Costco. They had the best prices and we bought probably 15 shopping carts full of things, over two
days."

But by far the biggest assistance came from the group that actually organized the caravan. Alex Mensing, project coordinator with Pueblo Sin Fronteras or People Without Borders has been leading caravans like this for over 15 years and they've learned to use a sacred weapon.

They fashioned the caravans after the stations of the cross celebrated by Catholics to reenact the final days of Jesus' life. And unlike migrants who travel alone, few in heavily Catholic Latin America dare to cause trouble for the caravan that travels under the cross.

"We're hoping for the best for this group of people." Mensing said. "We're not going to stop accompanying them in the process. We'll be in touch with them and we hope that their rights are respected under the law and that they are deported in any sort of vengeance against them
for speaking out."

April 29, 2018; San Ysidro, CA, USA; Migrants arrive at the U.S./Mexico entry point in Tijuana. The members of the caravan will try to seek asylum in the U.S. Mandatory Credit: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun via USA TODAY NETWORK
(Photo credit: Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun via USA Today Network)

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