Borderlands

Migrant needs continue to change on the US/Mexico border

I intended to submit this article reporting on the large groups of migrants that the United States Border Patrol was sending back to Mexico – all along the border – but specifically in Agua Prieta, Sonora, and the increased efforts of the volunteers at the Migrant Resource Centre (CRM for its acronym in Spanish) to assist those migrants. In December, with no advanced notice, Border Patrol began sending migrants – both Mexicans and Central Americans who had crossed to the US in other places – back to Agua Prieta

A Hope for Better Times

Many people, both migrants and residents in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, have been suffering since the Covid-19 virus arrived. The pandemic has not only affected the public health sphere but also resulted in the closure of the US/Mexican border, affecting migrants and almost everyone who is not a US citizen.

BORDERLANDS: Maria and Ernesto

In February of this year, Ernesto and Maria* arrived at the CAME (Centro de Atencion al Migrante Exodos) migrant shelter in Agua Prieta, Sonora. Fleeing extortion and threats of violence from the organized crime groups in southern Mexico’s State of Guerrero, they hoped to present their asylum claim at the U.S. Port of Entry and to live with family members in Indiana while they awaited their asylum hearing.

Prayers for Peacemakers 15 July 2020 Borderlands

Pray for the people who are still at the migrant shelter CAME (Centro de Atención al Migrante Exodus) in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico across the border from Douglas, Arizona, U.S.A.  They are losing hope that they will ever be able to request asylum in the U.S.; they are trapped in the shelter, and now they are becoming ill.  Pray that they may know God’s mercies in their lives.

Prayers for Peacemakers 3 June 2020 | US/Mexico Borderlands

Please pray for all the migrant mothers who celebrated Mother’s Day on 10 May at the CAME (Centro de Atención al Migrante Exodus) shelter in Agua Prieta, Sonora and for the children who honored them. Pray that they might have courage and patience in this time of waiting. And let us give thanks for the volunteer mothers and donors who are helping the migrants at CAME.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 April 2020 U.S./Mexico Borderlands

As the U.S. government uses the excuse of the coronavirus outbreak to make the closure of the U.S./Mexican border even more inflexible, please pray for the people in Agua Prieta, Sonora, waiting to request asylum in the U.S. and for the staff and volunteers at CAME—Centro de Atencion al Migrante “Exodus”—the migrant shelter where the asylum seekers are staying.  In the middle of March, U.S. Customs officials stopped accepting asylum requests. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL | Lent 2020: Take Action for Peace

Our #CPTJusticeJourney began at the start of Lent, on February 26th. Since then much has changed as communities across the world respond to the spread of the Coronavirus. While Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) have suspended physical accompaniment across programs, we continue to seek out ways to be present, adapting to online strategies of advocacy and accompaniment in response to our partners’ needs.
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