Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, speaks to the media before the gate is opened. Photo by Chris Stone

Border Angels founder Enrique Mornones announced Monday that he is retiring from the migrant-support organization that he founded 33 years ago.

The organization is best known for placing drinking water in the desert along migrant crossing routes, but is increasingly focused on human rights, immigration reform, and social justice.

“I want to thank the thousands of volunteers, supporters, and migrant brothers and sisters that make up the Border Angels family,” he said. “From the day-labor outreach to the water drops; from the caravans of love to the shelter in Tijuana; from opening the door of hope at Friendship Park to the ceremonies for the no olvidados; from the outreach and expansion around the world to the counseling and celebrations of life…Border Angels has put love in action and has made a difference.”

Morones said he plans to devote his time to building a House of Mexico in Balboa Park and leading the Gente Unida human rights border coalition.

Later this month he will deliver a lecture in Berlin on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and on the status of the U.S.-Mexico wall.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.