San Ysidro Church Plans Welcome Statue to Immigrants

A San Ysidro church near the border is planning to erect a hilltop welcome statue to send a message of hope to immigrants.

The church reportedly plans to build a 40-foot-tall monument of Mary, mother of Jesus, that was inspired by the Statue of Liberty is planned for the parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

The statue will be named "Welcome the Stranger." Supporters are trying to raise $1 million to build it by early next year.

Bishop Robert McElroy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego says the monument will serve as a reminder of immigrants' contributions to the United States.

Artist Jim Bliesner says he drew inspiration for the design from community members.

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