Values Tested by Border Crisis.
Editiorial from Archbishop Gustavo as published in the August 18th issue of San Antonio Express-News
SAN ANTONIO — We have an international humanitarian crisis in our country, and this impacts the state of Texas, especially the border region, in powerful ways. Recently, I read an op-ed in this newspaper intimating that, because the continued surge of undocumented immigrants on our Southwest border from Mexico and Central America affects communities across our nation, in a sense every American lives on the border today. For reasons, different from the writer's intention, I agree. As a nation, we all are affected by the plight of these children.
While my personal interest embraces the welfare of all undocumented immigrants in our country, I have a special human and pastoral concern about the women and children who are recent arrivals, especially unaccompanied children immigrants. Most have fled their homelands because they suffered or faced serious harms, including death, from violence by local gangs and international drug cartels and from domestic abuse.
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Archbishop's Statement concerning closing of Lackland's temporary housing for unaccompanied immigrant children: Click here to read the entire statement.