San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy announced a new Diocesan plan to keep immigrant families together as they await permission to enter the U. S. The announcement was made at the conclusion of a Bi-National Border Mass on June 9, 2018, which also served to launch the “Year-long Footprints of Tenderness” program. San Diego’s new policy is designed to reduce the number of parents who are being separated from their children at immigration detention centers along the US Border with Mexico. Commenting on the program, Bishop McElroy stated that the Diocese: “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.” He continued: “I think it’s inhumane to deliberately separate mothers from their children as a policy.”
“Footprints of Tenderness” is a year-long multinational caravan that will carry a kite through Mexico, Central America and South America. The kite is decorated with a cross, butterflies and a mother hugging her child. As it travels through the designated regions, the caravan promoters hope it will convey a message of safety for children. Enrique Morones, founder and Executive Director of San Diego-based Border Angels, spoke about the Mass and multinational caravan commenting: “We’ve got to treat our children with love and respect and dignity, and that’s why it was so important to have this Bi-national Mass.”
Additional coverage on the Mass and “Footprints of Tenderness” is available in the National Catholic Reporter article – PLEASE CLICK HERE.