El Paso nonprofit organising Day of the Day altar at website of Mass honoring 557 migrants discovered lifeless at U.S.-Mexico border within the final yr
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Border spiritual leaders and a few nonprofits plan to collect in Juarez on Saturday to mourn the deaths of migrants in transit and name on america to institute extra humane immigration insurance policies.
The gathering features a Mass cosponsored by the Catholic dioceses of Juarez, El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“We’re heartbroken and infuriated by newly launched Border Patrol knowledge recording an all-time excessive 557 migrant deaths in our Southwest border in simply the previous yr,” stated Fernando Garcia, government director of El Paso’s Border Community for Human Rights.
He stated that solely contains our bodies discovered, so the precise variety of migrants who misplaced their lives in pursuit of the American Dream is probably going greater. He stated group members are “proud and humbled” to attend the annual border Mass to honor those that died whereas searching for refuge.
“Their lives mattered and the accountability for his or her deaths falls on the shoulders of the Biden administration and Congress because of their continuation of unjust insurance policies equivalent to Migrant Safety Protocols and inaction to repair our damaged and unjust immigration system,” Garcia stated.
The group plans to arrange a Day of the Lifeless altar in honor of the migrants on the website of the Mass. The Mass takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday in entrance of El Punto, a monument and auditorium subsequent to Benito Juarez Stadium in Juarez. Bishops Mark J. Seitz, Peter Baldacchino and Jose Guadalupe Torres of El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez are scheduled to take part.
The annual Mass was suspended final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Masks might be required for these attending in individual and well being authorities in Juarez could restrict the scale of the group, the El Paso Diocese stated.
The occasion might be broadcast on the Diocese of El Paso’s Facebook page.