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‘Remain in Mexico’ remains in place

Compassion | The controversial policy tries to alleviate the complicated situation at the U.S. southern border
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/15/19, 03:25 pm

The Trump administration caught a rare break last week when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, often adversarial to the administration’s goals, ruled that the “Remain in Mexico” policy could continue. The controversial policy aims to give U.S. officials patrolling the southern border and detaining migrants some breathing room during a growing crisis.

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Living the Mexican dream

Immigration | Haitian immigrants who once tried to get to the United States are today building a future south of the border
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/09/19, 02:11 pm

Long before migrant caravans began overwhelming the southern U.S. border, Tijuana Pastor Gustavo Banda Aceves had a dream. He says he dreamed of a black man who spoke fluent Spanish, leading a large group of other black folks into Banda’s church.

At the time, he was on vacation in Mexico City and hadn’t heard the news that waves of Haitian migrants had been arriving in Tijuana, where he’s the founding pastor of La Iglesia de los Embajadores de Jesús (Ambassadors of Jesus Church).

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Sophia Lee

A good Samaritan in Scorpion’s Canyon

Churches | In a poor Mexican neighborhood with roosters and pigs, one pastor found an unexpected migrant mission field
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/06/19, 04:50 pm

The first time I tried to visit Pastor Gustavo Banda’s church in Tijuana, my local guide and I got lost driving around and around the steep canyons in pitch darkness. Eventually, already two hours late, we gave up. The second time I tried to visit, Pastor Gustavo sent a text dissuading us: The winter rains have made the roads here too terrible for travel, he said. Best if you don’t risk it. 

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