The annual “Border Mass” was held at the United States and Mexico border near Sunland Park, N.M. and Anapra MX on Saturday morning.
The mass is held by El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juarez dioceses every year to pray for immigrants who lost their lives trying to cross the border.
But Saturday’s ceremony was especially unique because they prayed for the Central American migrant caravan currently on foot to the United States to seek asylum as they escape poverty and violence in their home countries.
Members from the catholic community and from both sides of the border gathered to pray for unity and hopes for a solution to the United States’ current immigration policies.
This mass comes in midst of the rising political tension towards immigration laws in place. As we reported, President Trump ordered over 5,000 active duty troops to the U.S. and Mexico border in preparation of the caravan’s arrival.
Meanwhile, the El Paso Catholic Diocese has been taking in incoming migrants over the years and says it will continue to shelter more as they come throughout different facilities.
“A border should be a place of encounter should be a place where people can pass and unfortunately its becoming less of that in our country right now,” Bishop Mark Seitz of the El Paso Catholic Diocese said.
Some members of the community say they attend the Mass every year say it is a way to bring the neighboring countries together in a time of political tension.
“It is about unity coming together as a human race, it’s not about borders or the color of your skin not, where you came from, about being part of our planet,” El Paso resident Mike Trejo said. “More stuff like this is needed especially now that there is so much division in our country.”