Saturday, September 19, 2015

Migration Activists Hope Pope Francis Will Push US Deportation Reform

By Tom Dart, Sep 18, 2015 The Hill

Entwined by history, geography and culture, Nogales, in Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Arizona, are the gateway towns to what marketers like to call the Sun Corridor. To deported migrants, though, Nogales is a dark and disturbing place – an exit, not an entry.

Department of Homeland Security buses arrive each day and disgorge undocumented immigrants who walk through a cage-like structure from the US to Mexico, where authorities arrange trips home, whether elsewhere in the country or, often, to Central America.

While they wait, many head to shelters run by the Kino Border Initiative to receive food, clothing and comfort.

Kino is a binational partnership of religious organisations and much of its humanitarian work is done quietly, arranged from an anonymous office on the Arizona side that is barely a minute’s walk from the fences and crossings that rudely slice through the conurbation and make the downtowns seem like estranged twins.

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