Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
On October 12, at the US/Mexico border, where the Santa Fe bridge divides the sister cities El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, the waters of the Rio Grande flow below, bounded on both sides by layers of barbed-wire fences. Under the late afternoon sun, 200 people, young and old, lay and religious, Latino and Anglo, crossed by the Customs and Border Patrol agents who guard the middle of the bridge, turning back would-be asylum seekers fleeing from violence and persecution in Central America and Mexico.
Our little band of 200 people were participants in a Teach-In for Justice, sponsored by the Hope Border Institute and the Latinx Catholic Leadership Coalition. We had come from across the United States to offer our solidarity with the border communities ten weeks after the August 3 massacre in El Paso that left 22 dead, injured dozens, and traumatized this border community.
Scott Wright is Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
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