The first planes carrying migrant families, largely from Central America, landed in El Paso on Monday, Garcia said, and the number of flights are expected to increase in frequency in the coming weeks. U.S. Border Patrol receives the families at its Central Processing Center in Northeast El Paso, which was completed in early 2020 to… Continue reading El Paso’s Annunciation House prepares to receive migrant families
Across the country, lawyers and advocates are working with U.S. government officials to reunite parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Over half of the children under the age of five were reunited this past week. Thousands more face a court-ordered deadline for reunification by the end of this month. Taylor Levy… Continue reading Reunifying Parents And Children — How It Works On The Ground
By Robert MooreJune 26, 2018 EL PASO — Miriam hasn’t seen her 5-year-old son since June 16, when she was arrested for crossing the border illegally and border agents took the boy away. She tried to call him Monday at the New York shelter where he’s staying, but she could only talk to his social worker.… Continue reading ‘Get your son ready, because we are taking him.’ Parents describe being separated from their children at the border.
EL PASO — The empty warehouse was about the size of a Costco, 125,000 square feet. Ruben Garcia didn’t love the location, but time was short and he needed to sign a lease. “We need all the chain-link fences removed,” Garcia told his legal adviser, Jerome Wesevich, last week as they toured cavernous halls and… Continue reading Ruben Garcia has sheltered migrants in El Paso for over four decades. With a crush at the border, he now needs a warehouse.
In the midst of an unprecedented moment in American history, the Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on the complicated origins of this country. This is the date on which a very imperfect people commenced the journey to form a more perfect union based on the truth that all human beings are created… Continue reading Black Lives Matter: Annunciation House’s Commitment to Work for a More Perfect Union
At about 8:40 AM on February 22, 2003, Juan Patricio Peraza Quijada, a 19-year-old man staying at Annunciation House, found himself standing in the middle of San Antonio Street facing a semi-circle of Border Patrol Agents with their handguns drawn. One of those Agents shot and killed him. In El Paso, Juan Patricio has become… Continue reading Memorial Mass for Juan Patricio Peraza Quijada
Background: Since the summer of 2014, when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began detaining large numbers of Central American migrants along our southern border and releasing them in El Paso, Annunciation House has been providing temporary hospitality and travel assistance in a new site called Nazareth House. Each week, we receive anywhere from… Continue reading Nazareth House: High Turnover Hospitality
From our director: “Amid the cacophony of voices vying for ear space on the “immigrant crisis,” few have succeeded in identifying the real crisis–the crisis of moral integrity. Whenever and wherever human beings suffer, it is the moral integrity of those around them–they are called neighbors–that leads people to respond and help. It is the… Continue reading The Crisis of Moral Integrity
[This essay was first posted in December 2014.] An officer spots a young man with brown skin on the street. The young man is immediately believed to have committed a crime, although there is little to implicate him in the moment except for his skin color. When confronted by law enforcement, he does not cooperate.… Continue reading Who Will Defend Young Men of Color From So-Called Self-Defense?
We are a nation of immigrants. The country we inhabit belongs first and foremost to the indigenous nations and peoples who first lived, and continue to live, in this land. All the rest of us are immigrants, or the descendants of immigrants. We come from Mexico and the Philippines, from Central America, Ireland, Ethiopia and… Continue reading Declaration of Immigrant Rights