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This Castle in the Desert Provides Respite to Asylum-Seekers

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This Castle in the Desert Provides Respite to Asylum-Seekers

Rose Lambert-Sluder

In the Sonoran Desert not far from a beauty school and a car wash, stands a rose-colored castle. Sun bakes the tiered terra-cotta roofs. And the long colonnades and date palms at its front entrance evoke a dream.

On certain days of the week, a white U.S. Department of Homeland Security bus pulls up out front and 80 or so children and adults step off and disappear into a turquoise-domed sanctuary.

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What wonderful work! There are other crops that could grow under those oranges and other crops that would require less care in the Sonoran Desert and could extend the church’s resources considerably.

And if many of those refugees are Mexican nortenos, some of them will know these crops quite well.

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