You have to visit the border to understand the migrant caravan

A man, part of a caravan of migrants from Central America to the United States, carries a girl Oct. 29 through the Suchiate River into Mexico from Guatemala. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)  A man, part of a caravan of migrants from Central America to the United States, carries a girl Oct. 29 through the Suchiate River into Mexico from Guatemala. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)

Family separations, the caravan, birthright citizenship—immigration stories have dominated the headlines in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms. But for Sister Norma Pimentel, who has worked on the U.S.-Mexico border for decades, migration is not a political issue; it is a human issue. As the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sister Norma accompanies migrants who cross the border seeking asylum and a better life for their families.

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We ask Sister Norma how her work has changed under the Trump administration, who is really traveling with the migrant caravan and why, and what we can do to help our immigrant brothers and sisters at the border and in our communities.

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In Signs of the Times, Pope Francis denounced as “inhuman” the anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg that left 11 dead and six injured and prayed that we may overcome “hotbeds of hate.” And in Kentucky, a white man shot and killed two African-Americans at a grocery store after failing to gain access to a predominantly black church.

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Next, the synod on young people came to a close on Oct. 28; we bring you the top takeaways from the synod’s final document. Finally, a new app is being described as Pokémon Go for Catholics. Is this what synod participants had in mind when they said the church needs to reach young people online?

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4 months 2 weeks ago

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Mark M
4 months 2 weeks ago

Hmmmm, no.
I do not have to visit the border to understand the migrant mob approaching the border. Unnecessary.
Also, after reading this article and the post by Spotify, are there any editors at this website?

William Bannon
4 months 2 weeks ago

Ecuador by UN figures has a murder rate of 5.85 per 100,000....almost identical to the USA but...far better than the poor areas of the USA which in the big cities can be exactly like Guatemala...27 per 100,000. The caravan folk would find more safety in Ecuador since 42% of them end up living in five cities...D.C. being the most dangerous but the poor sections of New York City are no bargain.. They are coming to the USA for primarily other things than safety...tales from relatives already here are about schools being free due to a 1982 Supreme Court decision and they can get the free breakfast and lunch programs in the schools and not the adults but the children can get food stamps ( Snopes fact checker ). Catholic pundits will push the safety narrative but that’s not it. Guatemala and the poor areas of D.C., NYC, and LA have similar murder rates. NJ has financial aid for illegals for college...blue state.

Faisal Rana
4 months 1 week ago

you have shared nice info

Faisal Rana
4 months 1 week ago

I have visited the border many times and immigrants are in a really bad situation. I thin united nations taking actions on it.
Regards Sarfaraz, from: https://www.aniversariomensagens.com/

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