Pastoral Letter on Migration to the People of God in the Diocese of El Paso

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Pastoral Letter on Migration to the People of God in the Diocese of El Paso

“God has richly blessed our border community. We reject narratives that paint our border as a place of chaos, violence and mayhem. As a community deeply shaped by the reality of migration, we celebrate our strengths and unique identity, as well as its safety and security, even when others would belittle the contribution of migrants and falsely portray the reality of the border. Our border brings together cultures, peoples and countries. We are united in family, fiesta and faith. As one of the largest bi-national border communities in the world, migration is a part of our DNA. The vast majority here have strong ties across the border in Mexico, particularly in Ciudad Ju├írez. With our brothers and sisters across the bridge, we speak the same language. We wake up each morning to the same beautiful mountains, we dance to the rhythm of mariachis, and we share burritos and champurrado. With San Juan Diego, we stand together under the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

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