Witness at the Border

Event titled Crisis at the Border with photo of Joshua Rubin


Witness at the Border– a discussion with Joshua Rubin

Beginning with a vigil outside a detention center for unaccompanied minors in the town of Tornillo, Texas, in the Chihuahuan desert, Witness at the Border has taken the fight to Homestead in Florida, and to the Remain in Mexico encampments in Matamoros, Mexico. The idea is that, though odds are long against reforming our immigration system and our attitudes about the right to migrate, we can at least observe and report what we see. That is, be witnesses. Josh Rubin began by camping at the gates of Tornillo, and continues with a group that has coalesced around the notion of witnessing.


Joshua Rubin, a software developer from Brooklyn, New York, is a member of the leadership team for Witness at the Border. He was a witness at the Tornillo, Texas influx detention facility for migrant children, and at a similar shelter in Homestead, Florida. These facilities held over 3,000 children at their peak; both no longer do. Rubin led the Witness project on the ground in Brownsville/Matamoros in early 2020, and leads the Biden-era child detention Witness project.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 7:00 PM EST


Event sponsored by:

Rochester Committee on Latin America (ROCLA)
Western New York Peace Center – Latin America Solidarity Committee