Bishops, and clergy from Border Interfaith and El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization (EPISO), are calling for added protections for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the Texas border.
In a well-attended press conference, Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz presented a letter addressed to the President and to Congress, signed by hundreds of clergy, that detailed specific recommendations.
El Paso religious leaders detailed that protections established in the 2008 Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act for those that arrive on our border seeking refuge include the provision of legal assistance to any minor under 18 years of age, and attention to the religious needs of the children and family by granting clergy access to US Border Patrol detention facilities and the US Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Border Interfaith and EPISO leaders emphasized that Congress must reject efforts to expedite processing of these children. [Photo Credit: Juan Torres, El Diario]
Clergy Members Push for Trafficking Protection in Letter to President, Congress, KFOXTV
Catolicos Piden a la Casa Blanca Ayuda Para Niños Inmigrantes, Univision El Paso