Migrant Trail Walk comes to close in South TucsonPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Seven days, 75 miles, and a lot of blisters.
Dozens of people who participated in the 8th annual Migrant Trail Walk reached their destination in South Tucson Sunday.
Off in the distance, near a traffic light, supporters get the first glimpse of about 60 travelers who are arriving from Mexico by foot. They walk with steady pace, though they are weary from the heat, blisters, and muscle cramps.
Each carries a cross bearing the name of someone who has died making the very same journey.
They are welcomed by friends with food and water. Walkers take refuge in the shade to tell others about their journey.
"It pushes you physically in a way that you can't imagine," said walker Gabrielle Oliveira.
Gabrielle Oliveira traveled from new york to take part in the march for her doctoral studies.
She carried her passport and id during the walk.
"I felt so blessed that they're all with me so not having the fear, it's here, I'm OK, I'm safe," said Oliveira.
Fear is one thing the walkers do not experience, unlike migrants who often cross with very little resources.
"We have support vehicles that leap frog us with our gear so every participant can bring a duffel bag a sleeping bag and a tent," said Kat Rodriguez Derechos Humanos.
A pastor from Oregon did the desert trek for the second time, he says, to remind himself of the dangers migrants face.
"They have so little to lose that there's no fear of violating the law and they'll risk death to try and make a little money to send home," said Pastor Jack Knox from the Salem Mennonite Church in Oregon.
Organizers say the walk will continue, until state and federal immigration policies change.