Author Archives: andalemos

The Mystery of Divine Mercy

Pope Francis gave this homily at the Mass celebrated on the Juarez-El Paso border this past week, February 17. Let us join him in his plea for those involved in the “human tragedy” of forced migration: “No more death! No more … Continue reading

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Nazareth House: High Turnover Hospitality

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 … Continue reading

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Join Director Ruben Garcia in Conversation on Race, Violence, and Authority

Juan Patricio Peraza Quijada, a 19-year-old guest at Annunciation House, was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent while taking out the trash in February 2003. Since then, there have been far too many tragedies like this, where young men … Continue reading

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Ruben Garcia to speak at Marquette University

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The Crisis of Moral Integrity

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 … Continue reading

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House Democrats call for end to the shame of family detention

In this video, El Paso Representative Beto O’Rourke and other House Democrats speak out to urge our government to end the detention of Central American women and children who have been detained at our southern border. Most of them are … Continue reading

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2015 Voice of the Voiceless Award Presented in Absentia

This past Saturday evening, April 18, Annunciation House held its twelfth annual Voice of the Voiceless Solidarity Dinner to bring attention to issues surrounding immigration and social justice. Padre Alejandro Solalinde, Mexican Catholic priest and founder of the migrant shelter … Continue reading

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In Memory of Aaron Sean Luoma

Aaron Sean Luoma of Eustis, Florida, died on January 7, 2015, at forty-seven years of age. He died of a genetic heart defect in Falls Church, Virginia, surrounded by his family. Aaron was born on November 9, 1967, in Minneapolis, … Continue reading

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Who will defend us from the self-defenders?

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 … Continue reading

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Petition for Concrete and Specific Action on Immigration

Please join us in demanding real immigration reforms now. Our petition can be downloaded by clicking here, or signed online at this link. The text of the petition is below: The arrival of thousands of families and unaccompanied minors from Central … Continue reading

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