CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago priests are back home after a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.
They said they witnessed a humanitarian crisis.READ MORE: Search Continues For Hennessy, The Cat Who Survived Miraculous Six-Story Jump From Burning Apartment
The clergymen arrived at O’Hare Airport Friday evening after several days in Texas and Mexico.
The pastors met with migrant families, asylum seekers and those who are trying to help them.READ MORE: Chicago Restaurants Navigate Loosening COVID-19 Restrictions During Bridge Phase
They described poor families desperate to find safety in the U.S., being helplessly stranded along the border.
“One of thing that really touched us deeply was to literally encounter the human face of suffering in the people and the families that are seeking asylum in our country,” said Father Jack Wall of Catholic Extension.
“To me, it’s not something not necessarily about politics as much as it’s a humanitarian crisis,” said Father Tom Hurley of Old St. Pat’s Church.MORE NEWS: Convicted Man Fighting To Have Case Reheard After Jailhouse Confession Removes Evidence In A Murder He Says He Did Not Commit
The priests said they distributed money collected to help reunite separated families.