In response to the Trump administration’s policy that separates children from their parents arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bishop Robert McElroy has announced that the diocese of San Diego will launch a program aimed at keeping asylum-seeking families together.
During a border mass on Saturday, McElroy said “I think it’s inhumane to deliberately separate mothers from their children as a policy.”
The diocese, he said, will start a “program that will try to take in mothers who come here and are granted the first level of asylum, so that we can try to keep mothers with their children, rather than being separated.”
McElroy celebrated the border mass, along with auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, to launch the “Footprints of Tenderness” initiative, in which a flag and a cross will be walked from the U.S.-Mexico border down to Patagonia, Chile in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of children seeking asylum.
“It’s just an amazing thing that here we are on a border where the ocean is so beautiful, absolutely beautiful, and you have this wall that represents a division,” Dolan told the Times of San Diego.
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