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Sin Nombre's Terrifying Political Reality

Posted March 27, 2009 to photo album "Sin Nombre's Terrifying Political Reality"

Slide 1: The world of Sin Nombre
Slide 2: The State of Mexico
Slide 3: Between the USA and Central America
Slide 4: The Border Issue
Slide 5: "A very big monster"
Slide 6: Fighting Back
Slide 7: No Place to Go
Slide 8: The Fate of the Poor
Slide 9: A History of Poverty
Slide 10: A History of Violence
Slide 11: Honduras and Others
Slide 12: Gang Violence
Slide 13: More Gang Violence
Slide 14: A Cycle of Violence
Slide 15: Empty Mexican Towns
Slide 16: What Their Eyes Have Seen
Slide 8: The Fate of the Poor

Slide 8: The Fate of the Poor

Texas Minuteman website's lead photo.

Jack Martin of the Federation of American Immigration Reform accused the Pope of "facilitating illegal immigration to this country." He told USA Today, "There is definitely a particular interest on the part of the Catholic Church that derives from the fact that the majority of the illegal immigration into the country is from Catholic countries. It helps fill the pews, it helps fill the coffers, it helps fill the recruits to the priesthood."

But perhaps the church's interest is also humanitarian. Central American migrants in Mexico heading for the United States are desperately poor.

In Honduras, about 40 percent of the country's 7.5 million people earn less than $3 a day, making it one of the poorest nations in the world.