A group of Catholic bishops that work on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are urging care and attention to Latino immigrant families that are facing unprecedented threats. Threats from violence to human trafficking by drug cartel to deportation.
The 13 bishops drafted a letter in which they urge Catholics to help those that are suffering ‘in our neighborhoods’ and to protect the rights of immigrants. The letter highlighted the threats priests in these borders regions see the immigrants face.
They wrote; “In our dioceses, pastors and parishioners witness the traumas of undocumented immigrants fleeing the violence of drug cartels operating in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and in other parts of the Americas.”
In addition they noted the alarming trend of unaccompanied minors making their way through Mexico toward the U.S. The bishops were resoundingly critical of the current U.S. immigration system that makes Mexican immigrants wait 17-to-20 years for a visa if they can get one at all. They also noted the financial incentives of immigration detention centers.
The U.S. Catholic church and the U.S. Conference of bishops have been consistent, vocal and determined proponents of humane immigration laws. They have also been at the forefront of promoting comprehensive immigration reform which currently is stalled in the Republican-controlled U.S.House.
The Tex-Mex Border Bishops concluded, “As shepherds serving in both the United States and in Mexico, we urge all to remember how the virtues and values of family life have historically sustained the growth and greatness of both our great nations.”