Woman Dies Attempting to Seek Asylum in Canada
On May 26, a woman seeking asylum in Canada died of exposure while attempting to cross the U.S. border in a remote part of northern Minnesota. Mavis Otuteye, 57, who is thought to have been from Ghana, died of hypothermia near Noyes, Minn., according to a preliminary autopsy. So far this year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba have intercepted 477 people crossing the border into Canada. The phenomenon extends across the country, since the executive orders of the Trump administration have fueled fears in migrant and immigrant communities. In British Columbia, 233 persons have been picked up by police, and 1,933 have been detained in Québec.
God, for safety, dignity, rest, and hope for refugees throughout the world, we pray. We pray especially for those who feel unsafe in the United States. Bring friends who will stand in solidarity with them. Bring wisdom as they weigh their options. Bring just laws that reflect the hospitality that your word calls us to.