Yesterday, the Kino Border Initiative joined communities on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border in Nogales to celebrate a common Mass across borders. This was the final Mass in a series of three organized by Dioceses without Borders, a collaborative effort of the Dioceses of Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales, to recall that despite the divisiveness we so often hear, we are one Church called to unity, mercy, and compassion. As the apostolic nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre said,
"Borders exist all over the world, and border are not bad, but borders should not be just a barrier - should not be a wall - but should be a bridge between people...Anything that goes in the direction of understanding, helping each other, discovering the beauty of the other is what is necessary to convert hearts and transform the world. It's time to break the obstacles that exist between people."
Please join us, in solidarity with our partners at Kino Border Initiative and our brothers and sisters along the entire border, in calling on our legislators to enact humane border legislation. We seek policies that strengthen standards for the humane treatment of migrants, including fair consideration of asylum-seekers’ claims and ensuring that families are kept together through the detention and deportation process. And we want to ensure those standards are upheld.
Thank you for joining us as we lift our voices for justice at the border.
Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States