Faith Groups Celebrate Christmas at the US-Mexico Border


People protest against U.S. immigration policies on the American side, right, of the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California on Dec. 10, 2018. RNS photo by Jair Cabrera Torres

For a quarter century at Christmastime, hundreds have gathered on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border just south of San Diego for a binational performance of a “posada,” a Mexican tradition in which worshippers re-enact the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s struggle to find a place to stay before Jesus was born.

But this year’s performance of the Binational Posada, which took place Dec. 15, was a little different.

The most obvious change was in the service itself: Organizers said U.S. Border Patrol agents forced those on the northern side to stand behind a second fence dozens of yards from the main fence, a first in the gathering’s 25-year history.

The extra security follows the events of Dec. 10, when…

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