Border Event Promotes Peace Amid Immigration Crisis


In the midst of an immigration crisis, musicians from both sides of the US-Mexico border come together for an event celebrating children. 

Members of the San Diego Symphony and the Baja California Orchestra performed together on both sides of the border at Friendship Park Sunday.

The music without borders event dedicated to showing love for children comes amid a national crisis over the surge of Central American children entering the US illegally.

Divided by just a fence, two orchestras played simultaneously along the California-Mexico border Sunday.

An unprecedented moment.

"This is the first time ever we have the San Diego Symphony and the Baja California Orchestra here at Friendship Park," said Enrique Morones.

As well a symbolic one.

"What we wanna promote is what we always promote...that love like music has no borders," Morones said.

Enrique Morones with the humanitarian organization Border Angels organized the love has no borders event.

As bystanders listened to music, some came here to communicate with people on the other side.

Karla Navarette is an immigration attorney.

Once a month, she visits Friendship Park to see if she can help people cross the border legally.

Many of the stories she hears are from those who wound up in Mexico from Central America.

"A lot of it is driven by poverty, the economy, violence, fear,” Navarette said. “Most of the people here were probably in the US at some time, at some point in their lives they're trying to unify with their children."

Navarette says current immigration laws have contributed to the separation.

Unaccompanied children from Central America can't be sent back to their home country right away. They must be brought into custody, taken to the Health and Human Services Department and then placed with a relative or guardian while waiting for a deportation hearing.

She hopes the recent surge will inspire change.

"So when people say - you have to get back in line, wait your's false because there is no line," Navarette said.

And that has many lawmakers frustrated -- yet no permanent solution has been implemented.

Also frustrated -- the mayor of Murrieta -- where immigrants are scheduled to be transferred from Texas.

Sunday, several protesters were arrested over the topic of immigration.

"People were concerned about the people, the immigrants coming here, would they have proper facilities, who is going to take care of them, how long is this going to be for and those were questions that we just didn't get any answers to," Murrieta Mayor Alan Long said.

And those protesters were out there Sunday thinking buses with immigrants were scheduled to arrive but they never showed up.

President Obama has asked Congress for $2 billion in emergency funding to help deal with what he has called a humanitarian crisis.