Torn Apart: Immigrant Family Struggles to Stay Together

As the immigration debate rages, millions of American children are left with the real possibility that their undocumented parents will be detected and deported. For the past year, photojournalist Dai Sugano of the San Jose Mercury News and reporter Ken McLaughlin followed a California family on their emotional journey through the U.S. immigration system. Both parents came here as illegal immigrants, but all six of their children are American citizens.

Read more and watch the video here: http://www.mercurynews.com/torn-apart

Torn Apart

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Friendship Park on U.S. – Mexico border no longer so friendly

Border Patrol construction crews have created a limited “public access area” inside Friendship Park that would prevent visitors on the U.S. side from drawing closer than five feet to the international boundary. A sign posted at the entrance to the park lists “rules for entry,” among them: “Physical contact with individuals in Mexico is not permitted.” Local coalition leaders are calling for a new design allowing visitors easily to see, hear and touch each other at the historic border park.

The not very welcoming entrance to Friendship Park. (photo by Maria Teresa Fernandez)

The not very welcoming entrance to Friendship Park. (photo by Maria Teresa Fernandez)


Friendship Park is a small bi-national plaza, at the center of which stands a monument marking the spot where in 1849 representatives from both nations first met at the end of the U.S.-Mexico War to begin marking the new international boundary. For over one hundred and sixty years, residents from both nations have been able to approach the monument, share a picnic with family and shake hands with new friends on the other side of the border.
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In reverse, money from Mexico supports migrants in U.S.

The New York Times reports on a new trend caused by the long economic recession in the United States:

Unemployment has hit migrant communities in the United States so hard that a startling new phenomenon has been detected: instead of receiving remittances from relatives in the richest country on earth, some down-and-out Mexican families are scraping together what they can to support their unemployed loved ones in the United States.

Read the story here.

Seeking better life, some migrants find terror

The New York Times reports on a growing peril facing people from Central America as they attempt to pass through Mexico en route to the United States.

Mexican human rights groups that monitor migration say the threats foreigners face as they cross Mexico for the United States have grown significantly in recent months. Organized crime groups have begun taking aim at migrants as major sources of illicit revenue, even as the financial crisis in the United States has reduced the number of people willing to risk the journey.

Read the full story here.

Mexican refugees seek haven in Canada

The National Post of Canada has a story today reporting

Hundreds of Mexican refugee claimants are entering Canada every month due to spiralling drug cartel violence and the presence of scam artists promising refuge in Canada…

Video: Transforming Hearts

The Kino Border Initiative is “a response to Jesus present in the person. That’s ultimately what motivates us,” says Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., while talking about the binational efforts of the Initiative to assist deported migrants in Ambos Nogales.

Transforming Hearts from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA on Vimeo.

Fr. Carroll shares the hope that the comprehensive and integrated three-pronged approach will lead to a transformation of minds and hearts.