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El Paso bishop defends migrant shelter facing state lawsuit

February 23, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, has strongly defended Church efforts to help migrants, in the face of a lawsuit brought by the state’s attorney general against a Catholic shelter.

Although he did not specifically mention the charges brought by Attorney General Ken Paxton—who has charged Annunciation House with “legal violations such as facilitating legal entry to the United States, alien harboring, human smuggling, and operating a stash house”—the bishops said that we “owe Annunciation House a deep debt of gratitude.”

Bishop Seitz said that the effort by Catholic institutions to bring relief to migrants is a necessary response to “federal neglect to provide a safe, orderly and humane response to migration at our southern border.” He denounced “an escalating campaign of intimidation, fear and dehumanization in the State of Texas, one characterized by barbed wire, harsh new laws penalizing the act of seeking safety at our border, and the targeting of those who would offer aid as a response of faith.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 23, 2024 9:20 PM ET USA

    Had Biden not declared open borders to the world, and had Congress created and enacted a rational immigration plan, we would not be facing the emergency that exists in our country today. The migration north and south of our borders is human trafficking at its worst. The many testimonials of interviewed border crossers reveal this truth. The least we could do if the plan is to import 20 million new voters into the country is to build cities along the border to vet, document, and protect them.