Helping Deportees: The Catholic Kino Border Initiative and Its Comedor

I know. Someone is going to ask if Adrian Quiroz applied for US citizenship. I do not know if he did. The report about him does not say. What I have read, however, is that Mexican immigrants who have followed the law and applied were told it would take years to get a green card and that they must return to Mexico and wait. And wait. Obviously, these unfortunate ones can easily get lost in the system and never get a permanent visa. They would need a lawyer to deal with the red-tape bureaucracy.

California Catholic Daily: July 2, 2015 began with a bologna sandwich and eight hours in a cell. Adrian Quiroz’s four months in immigration detention were coming to a close, and he was going to be deported to Mexico that day. He and the other deportees were strip-searched, handcuffed together, and then ushered onto the bus that would take them out of Mesa, Arizona and through the high-traffic border town of Nogales. Quiroz recalls the frenzied tension on the bus as migrants pressed their faces against the windows, trying to get a look at what would soon forcibly be their “home.” Many of them didn’t remember what Mexico was like, some weren’t from Mexico at all. Story is here.