Migration

U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS: Specifics and the Systems on the Border

It's easy to get lost in the daily needs, or discouraged by the magnitude of the crushing oppression on the U.S.-Mexico border.  CPT's mission to back partners as a part of transforming violence and oppression requires us to attend to the details of the immediate situation, and to the sources of the oppression that grows into violence.  Between the specifics and the systems, our presence and action strategically strengthen the forces for good.

ANNOUNCEMENT: CPT-Lesvos is now Aegean Migrant Solidarity

Christian Peacemaker Teams - Lesvos is now Aegean Migrant Solidarity. The new name reflects the geographical location of our working area. Our work is not limited only to Lesvos Island but also includes other locations such as Chios Island, Athens, and the west coast of Turkey. Aegean Migrant Solidarity demonstrates a reference to the geographical scope of our work.

U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS: A migrant shelter, a feast, and a Great Light

The heart of Advent is laid bare in immigrant shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border. These communities expose the gritty side of Advent hope. The guests reside in a transitional space between a home they can no longer live in and a country that refuses to accept them. Between laughter and fear. Between tears and hope. In the rain. In the chill of night. In tents. In bunks or just under blankets. Their hope is palpable despite the facts. Their patience expectant. Their faith more durable than the nearby, new 30-foot wall and the fear that builds it. Theirs is not a cheap hope. They are the Light of which Isaiah wrote.

U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS: Border wall art simultaneously expresses hope and resistance

Raised in both Douglas, Arizona and nearby Agua Prieta, which is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, artist and community college instructor M. Jenea Sanchez has an interest in the kind of public art that is a simultaneous expression of hope and resistance—hence the colorful, eye-catching mural that she and about 20 workshop attendees designed and painted on the Mexico side of the border wall in Agua Prieta on 15 November as the opener to “Responding to an Exodus: Gospel Hospitality and Empire.”

UNITED STATES: CPTers in Syracuse, NY area take part in public witness asking congressman to respect lives of children

On World Children's Day, 20 November, CPT reservist Jonathan Brenneman and former CPT Executive Director Sarah Nahar participated in the "Rally to End Child Detention from the US to Palestine" in Syracuse, New York (Haudenosaunee Confederacy land).

Prayers for Peacemakers 30 October 2019 U.S./Mexico Borderlands

This shelter, sitting on the Mexican side of the border wall at the U.S. port of entry, is the last stop for people who have come to Agua Prieta, Sonora, to seek asylum in the US.  The campamento—or camp—is the end of a weeks’-long, or even months’-long journey.  Now these people live at the shelter, waiting for their turn to request asylum.  That wait took seven to ten days last summer but has now stretched to twice that long as the U.S. customs officials accept fewer and fewer people.  In addition, because of pressure from the Mexican authorities, people will soon no longer be able to sleep in the camp.

Prayers for Peacemakers 2 October 2019  U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Please pray for patience on the part of asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S.  They bear great anxieties for themselves and their families as they think about what they fled, and what they will do if they are denied entry.  Please pray for empathy and understanding on the part of customs officers at the border.  Help them to consider carefully the violence and living conditions these asylum seekers have left behind.
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