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.- Illegal immigrants from Mexico continue to make the journey into the United States because of their faith, says a recent report in the Tucson Citizen.

The conflict that exists between Mexican illegal immigrants and U.S. law is partly a function of faith, explained Ruben Davalos, director of evangelism and Hispanic ministry with the Diocese of Tucson.

Religion is deeply ingrained in the Mexican culture and Mexican immigrants do not consider crossing the border as a sin or as a break away from biblical law, he explained.

The report comments on how the typical Mexican immigrant carries with him a Bible, medals and images of saints, and votive candles. Candles are found along the trails that lead into the U.S.; some of them are found still burning, says the report.

For Mexicans, religion offers solace in the face of economic difficulties and a life lived under corrupt government, said Davalos.

The report also included testimony of some immigrants’ trust in God and their belief in His guidance and protection.

Wes Bramhall, president of Arizonans for Immigration Control, told the Citizen that he empathizes with the immigrants but said that the laws of the land must be maintained. Bramhall’s group promotes public awareness of the cost of illegal immigration.

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October 23, 2014

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