This rosary was cut from the wrist of a migrant
and discarded by the Border Patrol. (Courtesy of Tom Kiefer)
A former janitor collected the discarded possessions of migrants, the ever so poor personal property
"deemed by border patrol agents to be 'non-essential' or 'potentially lethal.'"
When he began rummaging through the bags of trash, Mr. Kiefer was horrified to discover that it contained more than uneaten food and other garbage. He found shoes, wallets, and even rosary beads and bibles.
“I could not in good conscience let those items remain in the trash,” Mr. Kiefer, 59, said in a recent interview with America. - AmericaI make retablos and relicarios. Americans collect such things. Museums exhibit these devotional items. They are precious even to non-religious people. Yet we confiscate and deem as worthless these devotional items carried by the poorest of the poor. The humble, devout migrant, have their meager possessions taken away and thrown out as so much trash. We treat their person in the same way, we have deemed them as non-essential and potentially lethal.
“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy” - Ezekiel 16:49