Yesterday’s CNS feature covered the Mass at the border this past Sunday in Laredo.
The local observance of the international event began on the steps of Laredo’s San Agustin Cathedral, just a block from the Rio Grande, the natural boundary that separates Texas and Mexico. The march followed on the heels of the Texas-Mexican border bishops’ meeting held the previous day in Laredo.A similar group from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, began walking from the other direction. The two groups met for a balloon release, converging on the Convent Street bridge that joins the two countries. A Mass celebrated by the Texas and Mexican bishops followed on the banks of the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.
Most of us can probably agree the immigration and guest worker situation is a mess. The vitriol directed at Mexicans and others–not always immigrants or illegals–is really a stain on our nation and on some Christians who advocate for harshness.
“There is a lot of hatred toward immigrants,” said Maria de Jesus Gonzalez, a Mexican national living legally in Laredo. She fears the negative attitude that even the youngest children are picking up toward people migrating to the U.S. “They are just people working, not doing anything wrong.”
Others would say they are wrong for crossing the border, but they aren’t doing anything that other desperate people would do for the sake of their families.