RELIGION

Annual Los Angeles Immigrant's Mass Highlights Unaccompanied Children On The Border

In this June 19, 2014 photo, a Guatemalan child deported from the United State poses for photo in front of a map of the Guate
In this June 19, 2014 photo, a Guatemalan child deported from the United State poses for photo in front of a map of the Guatemala City at an immigration shelter in Guatemala City. The number of unaccompanied minors detained on the U.S. border has more than tripled since 2011. Children are also widely believed to be crossing with their parents in rising numbers, although the Obama administration has not released year-by-year figures. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

During Sunday Mass at a sunlit cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, a 22-year-old woman stepped timidly to a podium and began her story.

"My name is Dunia Cruz," she said in Spanish. "I came here from Honduras."

As she spoke of the gang violence that she said drove her and her toddler son from Central America in April — and of their dangerous journey across Mexico — Cruz was interrupted by bursts of applause.

Her tale resonated with many of the transplants from other countries in the crowded church pews.

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