Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border

After reading the following you may wish to engage in a discussion on Immigration. Join the BACAR (Bay Area Conference of Associates and Religious) on May 18, 2019 for a discussion at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, CA from 9 AM to Noon. All are welcome to attend. Registration Information will be posted here March 28, 2019

El Paso Report February 2019 By Holy Names Sisters: Mary Becker and Mary Ondreyco

Annunciation House in El Paso Texas has been accompanying migrant, homeless and economically vulnerable peoples of the border since 1978. Recently with the influx of people from Latin America, Annunciation House has set up nine centers to continue this outreach and support. The people of El Paso have responded generously by

providing daily meals, laundry service, transporta-tion to bus stations or airport, translation services and clothes and food donations. Through LCWR, Annunciation House asked for religious Sisters and Affiliates to volunteer and help at the various centers. Many responded to this request and the Sisters of Loretto have provided housing for vol-unteers at their El Convento residence.

Ruben Garcia, the Executive Director of Annunciation House, has a working relationship with ICE. When the immigrants and asylum seekers are  released daily from the Sub-Stations or Detention Centers, Ruben is notified and ICE buses then
bring people to the Centers. The majority of people who arrive at our Center, Nazareth House, are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. They come with the clothes on their backs, worn shoes, hungry, thirsty, often carrying a baby or with young children prone to illness. Through all this they arrive with inner strength, hope, a desire to live in peace and to work and support their families. To Read More Click Here for First Page Page 2 Page 3

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ The State of our soul reflects the state of our nation.

Monday a group of us went to the President’s Day Demonstration in San Jose. As I stood there with others holding a sign I wondered whether this or the other demonstrations are doing any good? Are there real changes like comprehensive immigration reform going to happen in the near future? Or will we wake up each day apprehensive as to whether we are careening into a real crisis? Is it possible for us to remain level headed, compassionate, caring, willing to help those in need? Or will we immerse ourselves in our own personal concerns and hope that others can fend for themselves. But I believe that it is not in our nature to let others suffer. And that is why I demonstrate. I want others to know that I stand with them during these times of chaos, turmoil and anxiety. I pray that we stay in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who want the best for themselves, their families, their community, this nation.

 

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