EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz walked across the border on Thursday to meet with migrants and members of the Diocese of Juarez.
Bishop Seitz and members of local non-profit organizations began the journey at the Stanton Bridge in Downtown El Paso.
Seitz and Reverend Javier Calvillo of the Diocese of Juarez accompanied and prayed with migrants who recently returned from El Paso as a result of the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The bishop says his goal is to show how the policy affects migrants.
“Why can’t we put ourselves in their shoes?” Seitz said. “We Americans need our hearts checked. Our hearts have grown too cold and too hard and that bodes ill for the health of our nation.”
Seitz says that, as a Catholic and Christian leader on the border, he is often called to be an actor of the soul.
“I wanted to shine some light on this reality and what people are being forced into right now and the threats that they face because of it,” he said.
KTSM spoke with a migrant from Cuba who has traveled for the last two months. He said he left his country because of the oppression the people face and seeks to find a better life in the United States.
While waiting in Ciudad Juarez, he shared he got beat up as he was leaving a gas station with no clue who his aggressor was, “I don’t really know the area, it’s only been a week since I’ve been here. Out of nowhere I got pushed from behind when I fell to the ground and they kicked me to the face and when I stood up to defend myself I pushed them and they took off running. I don’t know who they are I don’t know anyone.”
Bishop Seitz, ended his statement against the “Remain in Mexico” policy with some of these words, “In the America of today, have we forgotten God? In our neighbors here today, he knocks, he knocks, he knocks, he knocks… Who will listen?”