Immigration Speech in El Paso

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
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People stand near wooden crosses surrounded by paper flowers in a former cotton field in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Nov. 6. Close to 6,500 people have been killed in Juarez alone since 2008 as U.S-Mexico border violence has escalated and f orced tens of thousands of people to flee the city and 10,000 businesses to close.
By The Most Rev. John Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City

I went to El Paso, Texas, this past week to give a speech on immigration to supporters of the diocesan Department of Migration and Refugee Services. There were approximately 300 people in attendance, all of whom are ardent supporters of this worthwhile work. It was a quick, overnight trip for me but an important one to continue the work of the Catholic Church in promoting comprehensive immigration reform. The Most Rev. Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of El Paso, works tirelessly with his staff in helping immigrants and refugees who come to his diocese. You can see Ciudad Juarez from Bishop Ochoa’s diocese and it does not take much to imagine the terrible violence people live with in that part of Mexico. I ask all of us to keep the intentions of our migrants and refugees in their prayers as we continue our struggle to bring about comprehensive immigration reform in our country.

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