Our friend, a pastor who serves migrants along the Texas-Mexico border, was kidnapped in June by a drug cartel and held for $40,000 ransom. For the past five years, he has delivered food to the people of Nuevo Laredo. He does this for free, thanks to the generous support of our church and groups like Fellowship Southwest.
Our friend was kidnapped because the cartel thought he was taking money from migrants and posing a threat to their business. Although they released him after finding out he hadn’t taken money from the people he served, his story reflects a larger tragedy. Our immigration system has created an economy of death at the border. And it’s spreading inland.