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Faithful flock to see statue of Santo Toribio, the immigrants' saint
Faithful flock to see statue of Santo Toribio, the immigrants' saint

People say he's their guardian, their lawyer, their smuggler. On a recent afternoon, they lined up at his feet with their requests: Please, my mother needs a visa. Please, my niece was caught by agents. Please, I can't go on being illegal. As a border crisis involving the influx of tens thousands of children from Central America unfolds, the faithful of Southern California are flocking to Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez. The Catholic saint, who they believe watches over immigrants, flew in for his first visit to Los Angeles last weekend. He came from a tiny town in the Mexican state of Jalisco in the form of a fragile wooden statue that will tour churches across three...

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