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COVID-19 complicates ministry to asylum-seekers

Coronavirus | The U.S. has halted asylum hearings, and migrants hoping for entry are in limbo
by Sophia Lee
Posted 7/31/20, 03:01 pm

Every Monday for the last several months, single mother Alma Ruth crossed the border between Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico. The town is infamous for its violent cartel turf wars: The U.S. State Department issued the highest travel advisory (last updated Dec. 17, 2019) to that area for “crime and kidnapping,” which includes armed robberies, murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.

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The COVID-19 chasm

Coronavirus | The pandemic divides Americans—even Christians
by Michael Reneau
Posted 7/30/20, 12:54 pm

When Americans turned their gazes toward the coronavirus early this year, many speculated it would wane in the summer heat. Instead, the opposite happened: As temperatures climbed this summer, so have coronavirus infection rates. On July 24 alone, scientists recorded about 74,000 new cases. Though mortality figures haven’t risen as severely, the United States was approaching 150,000 coronavirus deaths as July closed.

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The COVID-19 chasm: Viral division

Coronavirus | Some Americans take extra precautions. Some go on with business as usual
by Sophia Lee
Posted 7/30/20, 12:49 pm

Jessi Green stood in the middle of hundreds of people gathered at Huntington Beach, Calif., holding a loudspeaker and a Bible, and broke into tears. She told a crowd of worshippers that police officers knocked on her door that day, July 24, to deliver a citation for holding a large public gathering without a permit. “There is a possibility of us getting arrested,” she said, voice breaking, “and I just felt that was such an honor. I just never thought something like that could happen in America.” 

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