Brownsville, Texas: Students from four schools learn more about immigration border issues

During the week of Nov. 5-12, 2016 four Edmund Rice schools: Iona Prep, Br. Rice (Michigan), Bishop Hendricken & Catholic Memorial came together in the spirit of Edmund to learn more about issues regarding immigration and border security in Brownsville, Texas.

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Adults, participants in the immersion 

Organized by Brother Tom LeJeune and facilitated by Brother Stephen Casey and Mr. Benny Rivera, the group travelled along the border working with organizations like the Sacred Heart Shelter which is a place where people who have crossed the border and have been processed through the border patrol can come for a meal, a change of clothes, a shower and a place to stay for a night. The group also worked with La Posada Providencia which is another option of those seeking shelter and the Brownsville Wellness Coalition which grows fresh vegetables in improvised areas as well teaching communities how to grow their own food.

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Students

Guadalupe Middle School was also a stop on the immersion, where the visiting students had Mass with the Guadalupe students, followed by a BBQ before getting back to helping do several projects for GRMS.

Overall this experience for all was truly inspiring and eye opening, especially being so close to the border on Election Day. We hope that all those who participated go forth and share what the experience to those in their schools and communities.

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