Immigrant Families Prepare Activities to Welcome Pope Francis to the US/Mexico Border
Border Network members will conduct a series of events to highlight Immigrant issues
El Paso TX/Southern New Mexico. – Pope Francis visit to the border region is raising the hope of thousands of immigrants to be recognized and integrated in the US society with dignity and rights. Border Network for Human Rights’ communities acknowledges the importance of this historic event and has made plans to highlight issues of racism, discrimination, criminalization and militarization that are impacting immigrant families and border residents. Therefore, the Border Network has scheduled the following activities to welcome Pope Francis to our border region.
Message to Pope on the Border Fence
When: Wednesday February 3rd at 12 noon
What: Display of message to the Pope at the border fence (In front of Chamizal between Las Americas International Bridge also known as “Puente Libre” and Bowie High School)
Gathering of Hundreds of Families and Press Conference
When: Monday February 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Anapra Border Fence (location of the annual border mass
What: Press Conference and public presentation of letter sent to Pope Francis. Visuals: reading of the letter sent to the pope, testimonials, matachines and release of balloons representing hopes and struggle of immigrant communities at the US.
The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.