Presentation of Book “Lives in the Air: Histories and Testimonies of International Migrants

Tijuana, Mexico, August 18, 2017 – Founded in 1987, La Casa del Migrante de Tijuana celebrated three decades of work with the presentation of the book “Vidas en Vilo“, a work that gathers testimonies of deported migrants, migrants in transit, people who work there, and an analysis written by Fr. Pat Murphy, C.S, about the importance that the Center in the community will have with the Trump era.

Similarly, Dr. Olga Odgers, a researcher from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (El Colef), was present, who extended an affectionate greeting and thanks to Casa del Migrante for its 30 years of work in “the transnational management of the unwanted “people who, she said, are sometimes known as deportees and transit migrants who arrive for help or a new beginning.

Subsequently, the specialist commented on the challenges to be faced: an increase in deportations as well as migrants in transit, the arrival of victims of kidnapping, displacement by violence and new migrations, as is the case that was experienced in 2016 with the arrival of Haitians to the city of Tijuana.

Fr. Murphy, director of Casa del Migrante, said that the book is a tribute to each of the more than 250,000 migrants served in 30 years of service. “They are human beings, who were just looking for a better life, where their only offense was to enter without papers “. He also invited the community to buy the book Vidas en Vilo, where not only the testimonies of migrants are collected, but also the history of Tijuana as a migrant city.