Mexican Bishops called on the government to respect its commitments to promote and protect the rights of migrants. The urgent appeal on 6 December highlighted the desperate situation along the Guatemalan border, while pledging the Church’s continued humanitarian assistance to migrants.
U.S. Bishops urged the government to end newly reinstated protocols that force some migrants to remain in Mexico to have their asylum requests heard. The 3 December statement reiterated earlier calls for a more humane approach, citing particular concern about the “tragedy of family separation.”
Mexican Bishops appealed to authorities to end “practices of militarization and repression against migrants” in a statement from a gathering of coordinators of pastoral care to uprooted people. Migration policy must focus on humanitarian response rather than containing migration, they said.
Mexican bishops spoke out against a government-proposed camp for predominantly Haitian migrants and asylum seekers at the Mexican border with Guatemala. In a statement, the bishops’ migrant ministry expressed concern about potential human rights violations due to conditions in the area.
The Catholic-inspired network Red CLAMOR (Outcry) in Latin America has created a series of videos under the motto “Life is not a commodity on sale” to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The Latin American Episcopal Council is backing the regional awareness-raising campaign.
As the number of people seeking asylum increases along the U.S./Mexico border, bishops on both sides of the border have issued a joint statement asking all nations to share the responsibility of preserving human life and providing safe, orderly, and humane immigration, including the right to asylum.
The Mexican bishop’s migrant ministry say U.S. policy changes have created the illusion that seeking asylum in the U.S. is now easy. This has caused a surge of migrants along the northern Mexican border, leading to a strain on Catholic-run shelters operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19.
Ten years ago, 72 migrants were murdered by drug cartels in Tamaulipas, Mexico, because they refused to be used as drug mules. Several Catholic leaders, including the Mexican bishops conference, the Archbishop of San Salvador, and Pope Francis, are requesting justice for these victims' families and other vulnerable migrants.