Bishops to Visit U.S.-Mexico Border Regions

WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 4, 2006 ( An episcopal delegation will visit U.S.-Mexico border regions in Arizona and Texas to study the situation of unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody due to the lack of proper immigration status.

The Oct. 23-29 visit aims to inform the bishops’ advocacy efforts and services on behalf of this population, as well as to address the plight of victims of human trafficking.

The bishops will visit the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Diocese of El Paso, Texas.

The visit is under the auspices of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration. Its chairman, Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino, is among the prelates scheduled to join the delegation.

Other delegates will include Bishop Armando Ochoa of El Paso, and Auxiliary Bishop Jaime Soto of Orange, California, representing the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, New Hampshire, a member of the board of Catholic Relief Service, will participate in the Tucson portion of the trip.