The Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the government Addressing the Migration Crisis at the Border with Mexico, And it is that the weekend brought about the crossing of a thousand migrants from Nicaragua, Haiti, Peru and Venezuela due to the low flow of the Rio Grande.
These people reached Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) and El Paso (United States), where they Surrendered to Border Patrol to request asylum in the United StatesSince December 21 the deportation will be nullified by Title 42, which bars entry into that country for health reasons such as the pandemic.
is in the context of Chair of the USCCB Episcopal Committee on Migration, El Paso Bishop Mark J. SeitzEmphasizing that when talking about the issue of immigration, “we are basically addressing a movement of people: human persons created in the image and likeness of God, each of them a brother to all of us.” Or sister.”
Unfortunately, said Bishop Seitz, “this truth is often obscured by parables Political rhetoric, scaremongering and exaggeration, Our Lady of Guadalupe points us to a better way, which ultimately leads to reconciliation.”
Bishop’s petition to the federal government
Seitz assured that “the bishops of the United States continue to affirm Natural right to migrate, balanced with the sovereign right of countries To maintain its borders as well as to uphold its obligations to provide humane procedures for new arrivals.”
For the bishop, “time, resources and political will are better used structural reform of our broken immigration system, At a time when we are seeing a significant influx of families and individuals across our border with Mexico, we call on federal authorities to lift critical infrastructure To meet their human needs.
In a special way, Seitz said, “During this Advent season, these newcomers are visible signs of Christ among us. Let us come together now, not with the politics of exclusion and indifference, but in a spirit of compassion and generosity., We pledge our support and cooperation to meet these challenges.”
Finally, he called on both Catholics and people of faith to pray “so that… Through sessions of Our Lady of Guadalupe we can console those who have been forced to leave their homesAnd may our Mother be a guide to all those entrusted with the responsibility of leadership.”