Dangerous Border Crossing Has Taken 6,000+ Lives
From October 2000 through September 2016, at least 6,023 people died attempting to cross the United States’ southern border into Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. That exceeds the number of people who died in the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina combined. One sheriff in Texas estimates that for every one body that is found, there are likely five others that go unreported.
God of hope, we pray for all who leave home and risk a dangerous journey that they hope will end in safety and flourishing. We pray for the family members and friends they leave behind — especially those who never again hear what happened to their loved one. We pray for the development of laws that are fair, that honor human dignity, and that aim to protect life.