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Migrant Trail embarks on its 20th annual hike across the desert

By Emma Miller,


For each of the last 20 years, a group known as the Migrant Trail embarks on a 75-mile journey in remembrance of those who have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The walk begins in Sasabe, Sonora, which is one mile south of the border on the Mexican side. The group will walk to Tucson together, which takes around one week.

Migrant Trail plans to arrive in Tucson on June 4 with a reception in Kennedy Park at 11 a.m.

Ahead of the journey, crosses were given out to the walkers, each with names of people who have died on that same path.

For some, it's a personal mission. Saulo Padilla of the Mennonite Central Committee says he was so moved by the message, this is his 13th time participating in the event.

"I am the son of a refugee," said Padilla. "I am an immigrant. For conscience, I have to do this. But also, many of the people that are dying here are mothers and fathers, are daughters and sisters, and somebody is waiting for them."

The Migrant Trail
Arriving June 4
7:30 a.m. BLM Campsite — Witness the final 6.7 miles of the journey as the group reaches Tucson
11 a.m. Kennedy Park — Press conference with speakers, food, music, and more

Emma Miller is a producer for KGUN 9 . Originally from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Emma graduated from Fordham University in 2021 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. In April 2021, Emma became the first woman researcher in MLB and NHL Network history. She joined the KGUN 9 family in August 2022 after falling in love with Tucson.

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