Venezuelan migrants in Texas start improvised car wash 

Hand washing a car

A group of determined refugees from Venezuela started a donation-based car washing service in Texas, near the border of Mexico. In some way you could consider it a protest against racism, after the mass killing of refugees earlier this week.

The 30-something Venezuelan refugees equipped themselves with soapy water, buckets, rags and a lot of spirit, and began operating a donation-based car washing service in a gas station right next to the border that divides Brownsville, Texas, from Matamoros, Mexico. The Guardian is writing about it.

Their goal, they said to the newspaper, was to make enough money to rent a 65-person bus that could take them to San Antonio, the larger city 275 miles to the north.

“We’re not trying to get rich. We’re just trying to get to our next stop,” said Ángel Chacón, 31, as he held up a handwritten sign on a neon green card, reading “Donation Wash” to attract passing drivers.

A few days earlier a local man driving an SUV veered into a group of Venezuelan migrants waiting at a bus stop opposite a refuge center. The vehicle struck 18 people, killing eight and badly injuring 10. According to witnesses, the driver was shouting racist slurs. He’s been taken into custody.

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Author: Rene Passet

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