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Mexican Activist Argues In Fresno For Migrant Rights

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Father Alejandro Solalinde, right, speaks at Fresno State along with Nestora Salgada, a former political prisoner in Mexico, and their translator.

A prominent migrant rights activist from Mexico spoke at Fresno State on Monday with insight into why Latin Americans flee and what can be done about it.

Father Alejandro Solalinde is a Catholic Priest from Central Mexico. He’s known for his dogged advocacy for the rights of Latin American migrants, who commonly suffer harassment, abuse and rape on their journey to the United States. He runs a shelter in the state of Oaxaca for migrants and was exiled from the country for two years following death threats.

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Fresno Councilmember Esmeralda Soria presents Solalinde with a certificate of appreciation from the city of Fresno.

At a talk at Fresno State on Monday, he said spoke about the need to address the core reasons why people flee Latin America, which he refers to as “the south.”

“The solution is not that the south come to the north," says Solalinde in Spanish. "The solution is reconstruction of the south.”

That reconstruction, he says, includes better education, less government corruption, and more adherence to church teachings.

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