Welcome to the US southern border: same country, different planet

Welcome to the US southern border: same country, different planet

Welcome to the US southern border: same country, different planet

Migrants are integral to border communities, and today’s ‘crisis’ would be dwarfed by the economic fallout if they were gone

Grabbing the selfie was Sister Norma Pimentel, head of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and the woman I call the Mother Teresa of south Texas. For the half-dozen years that I have known Sister Norma, she has been ministering to the needs of migrants on both sides of the US-Mexico border. She’s known as the pope’s favorite nun after he once publicly declared that he loved her for her efforts with migrants.

In the photo, Sister Norma is celebrating with a bus full of migrants who have lived a harrowing existence for the past several years as part of a Trump-era immigration policy called the Migrant Protection Protocols, more popularly known as the Remain in Mexico policy. It was controversial, perhaps illegal and effective as hell at tamping down the kind of bad political press that now plagues President Biden in the infancy of his administration.

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