- Feb 17, 2020
The Diocese of Brownsville and a group of interfaith leaders in the Rio Grande Valley have introduced a “parish identification strategy” to provided members of parishes in the diocese a way to identify themselves to local law enforcement regardless of their legal status.
As the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border, Sister Norma Pimentel sees up to 800 migrants every day pouring into her center in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. The center is often their first stop after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On March 4, Volunteers began a long trek to the U.S-Mexico border where they planned to deliver supplies to those who had made a much longer and more dangerous journey to get there.
A judge in Texas ruled Feb. 6 that the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, must allow federal officials to survey some of its property for possible construction of a border wall on it.
In a fight to prevent a section of the border wall from being built on diocesan land, a Texas diocese is being assisted by the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), in Washington, DC.
At a border mass on Saturday, Bishop Robert McElroy said he was seeking to launch a program to keep asylum seeking families together.