MESA, AZ — When Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States later this month, Elva Patricia Bernal of Arizona said she hopes he’ll press for the release of mothers from detention centers and for immigration policies that keep families together.
“I think it’s not right for them to be in there,” she said of detained mothers. “They should be able to fight their cases from outside so they can be with their children and not be separated.”
Bernal, a Catholic from Mexico, has been living in Arizona without legal status for 32 years.
The mother of 6 is also among the more than 100 women who will set out on a 100-mile pilgrimage that will begin Sept. 15 at the York Detention Center in York, Pa., and end in Washington, D.C., where they’ll hold a vigil just as Pope Francis arrives for his five-day visit to the U.S. on Sept. 22.
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