Shout out to @borderangelsofficial Jeff @geoffrey_the_butler and James @broloelcordero Go follow these amazing men!- Yesterday was Jeff’s first time leading a water-drop into the US-Mexican border for those fellow migrants who embark on that dangerous journey in order to be able to provide a better life for their families. Guys, I am sorry I could not join you in the drop yesterday. I hope to be able to meet with you soon. First photo: James and Jeff joined us at the action outside of the Democrats Headquarters in SD. Also Jeff @hotboxin_fox from @cosecha_harvest Was in California And was one of the action organizers. Second photo: I’m holding up my Border Angels “Education not Deportation” T-shirt that James gifted me that day. Third photo: James, myself and Jeff at the Los Angeles @af3irmla International Women’s Day March. It is an honor to know people like yourselves; who dedicate your lives to fight for social justice/ Immigrant Justice. I appreciate you very much!! @geoffrey_the_butler @broloelcordero I hope to be able to see you both soon! #borderangels#immigrantjustice#socialjustice#fighters#rolemodel#nodreamnodeal#cleandreamact#permanentprotection#savehumanity#activism#notrump#makingmemories#friends#comrades#allie
🍀✊ Also: Mexico is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by remembering the Irishmen 🇮🇪 who fought for Mexico 🇲🇽 against the US; 🇺🇸 —
“As Irishmen and Roman Catholics, these immigrants faced a lot of discrimination in the overwhelmingly Protestant United States. “When the US actually went to war, many of them — being strong Catholics — saw what they considered an unfair invasion of a foreign country," Paredes says.
The Irish deserters formed the core of the "Battalion of Foreigners," which was later renamed the "Batallón de San Patricio." Roman Catholic deserters from Germany and other European nations also joined them, as did some foreign residents of Mexico City. There were also several African Americans who had run away from slavery in the southern United States.
A leader emerged in the person of John Riley, a Galway-born soldier who was serving in the 5th US Infantry Regiment on the eve of the war. Under Riley’s instruction, the battalion was trained and fought as an elite artillery unit, though it later converted to infantry. It fought with distinction in most of the major battles of the war until the Battle of Churubusco, on August 20, 1847. There the unit was overrun and dozens of the San Patricios were captured.
The US Army meted out harsh justice: 50 of the deserters were hung or shot. Another 35, who had deserted before the declaration of war, were flogged and branded — including Riley. While he was spared the gallows, Riley was flogged and had a "D," for deserter, seared onto his face.
The San Patricios are still seen as traitors by some Irish Americans, but Mexico has never forgotten their service. It even recently issued a postage stamp in honor of the battatlion. “There’s an annual commemoration,” Paredes says. “There are plaques all over Mexico commemorating them. There are streets named after them.”