El Paso’s Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz, along with clergy from the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez, led what they called a “Faith Action” at the U.S.-Mexico Border on Thursday afternoon to protest what they called the “devastating consequences of inhumane border policies.”
Bishop Seitz crossed the Lerdo International Bridge (Stanton Street Bridge) on foot to accompany and pray with a handful of migrants returned from El Paso to Ciudad Juárez as part of the “Remain in Mexico” program.
The Bishop asked Customs and Border Protection officials to allow the immigrants to remain in the U.S. while they go thru the process of seeking asylum.
After lengthy discussions with immigration authorities and attorneys, the bishop was allowed to cross with the migrants back into the U.S.
The diocese issued a statement outlining the reason for the protest. It cited “actions taken to criminalize migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, including the expansion of the “Remain in Mexico” policy, the deployment of security forces of both countries to the border, the ongoing deaths of migrant families in the Rio Grande and grave conditions in migrant processing centers,”