Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics’ aid to migrants

By David Crary
Associated Press via Journal
April 10, 2020

Migrants rest in the chapel of the San Juan Bosco migrant shelter, in Nogales, Mexico. For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico.

A migrant picks up a meal from masked workers at the organization’s site in Nogales, Mexico, near the border with the United States, amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Jesuit priest Sean Carroll joins a group of asylum-seekers from Honduras in the cafeteria of a migrant-outreach center that his organization, the Kino Border Initiative, operates near the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Mexico. Before the coronavirus gained global attention, Carroll’s agency opened the facility just inside the Mexican border. Carroll – who works full-time in Mexico – hoped to expand a twice-daily meal service but now amid worries about COVID-19, neither venue is being used as a dining hall. Instead, migrants line up outside the two buildings and approach the doors one at a time.



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