While the separation of families is the issue on the front cover of the newspapers, there is another drama taking place in theses towns near the border. For many years, people on both sides of the border formed a large interconnected community. Close to 85 percent of the McAllen population is Hispanic and there are many families that have lived here for decades without proper documents.
Some have taken their indignation all the way to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, while others have taken action closer to home, protesting while accompanied by their children and fellow parishioners in cities and towns across the U.S.
After weeks of active protests against the Trump administration’s family separation policy, The Tablet has learned that a delegation of U.S. Catholic bishops will visit the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend.
Maybe it was the request by the Pentagon for 20,000 mattresses as military bases become, at least partly, shelters for detained border crossers. Whatever the reason, hundreds of American adults have called the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seeking to provide foster care for the separated children.
President Donald Trump ended the administration’s policy of taking children from their parents at the southern border last week. But the humanitarian crisis he created by enacting this policy is far from over.
Families – mostly mothers with their babies in strollers, fathers with their kids on their shoulders and members of different faith groups and organizations – gathered Sunday afternoon June 24 at D’Emic Playground, Sunset Park. Except the occasion wasn’t for a casual play date, but was the starting point for a march to protest the nation’s separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border.
Dear Editor: Despite a torrential downpour, people came out in great numbers to pay their respect to Msgr. Ronald T. Marino, Rector of the Basilica of Regina Pacis, when he celebrated 45 years of his ordination to the priesthood.
The separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border prompted Catholic Migration Services, congressman and other faith-based leaders to speak out against the Trump administration policy at a forum conducted at St. Leo’s parish June 19.
The brutal policy of separating migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border should be halted immediately, says Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.
While no one expected the U.S. Catholic bishops to use the beachfront hotel meeting site for their bi-annual meeting as a time for sunbathing and relaxation, few had predicted that this week’s gathering would gain such national attention.