Rick Ufford-Chase was recently elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is the founder and international director of BorderLinks, a faith-based binational education project on the U.S./Mexican border, and cofounder of No More Deaths (www.nomoredeaths.org).
In January 2004 George Bush outlined a new approach to immigration. He would grant special visas to foreign workers which would be valid for three years and renewable. Undocumented immigrants now employed in the U.S. would be included in the program.Workers would be allowed to travel freely between the U.S. and their own countries.
Last year over 200 people lost their lives as they tried to cross the border from Mexico into Arizona. They died from dehydration in the 120-degree heat of the Sonoran Desert. They died in storm drains as they tried to cross during the flash-flood season.