Peaceful Protest at the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Makeshift Purgatory

On the South side, families are allowed to walk up to the wall at any time. There are no restrictions and a police presence is only seen on occasion along the boardwalk. The people standing up against the wall are actually on U.S. soil, as the wall was built three feet behind the American territorial limit. The monument stands on top of that line. / Jorge Campos

On the South side, families are allowed to walk up to the wall at any time. There are no restrictions and a police presence is only seen on occasion along the boardwalk. The people standing up against the wall are actually on U.S. soil, as the wall was built three feet behind the American territorial limit. The monument stands on top of that line. / Jorge Campos / el Don

By Jorge Campos

Some people protest through rioting, others through their art.

For two Methodist missionaries, their love for God’s children is shown through music and prayer.

“This is our form of peaceful protest. We play for the deported migrants who are victims of unjust immigration laws,” Edward White said.

White, who is from Florida, and fellow missionary Celeste Cato, from North Carolina, are members of the United Methodist Church. They are on two-year missions in Tijuana.

“We work in the main almacen [shelter] for deported migrants here in Tijuana,” said Caton. “We are here to show that God’s love is bigger than any border wall that could ever be put up.”

The two twentysomethings work with Mexican counterparts to help migrants reintegrate into Mexican society while in transition.

“We classify them first, then figure out how we can help them best,” said the Rev. Guillermo Navarrete Prince.

“Some got deported because they had bad luck, others because they are criminals or drug addicts. We help those who want to be helped.”

Prince delivers mass every Sunday at the border wall in Playas de Tijuana. Thousands have received communion from Prince at Parque Binacional.

The pastor has not missed a sermon in three years.

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