US and Mexican Bishops spotlight the plight of migrants on the border of the 2 international locations and name for humanitarian responses that welcome, defend and promote the dignity of people that really feel compelled emigrate.
By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ
Bishops alongside the border of the USA and Mexico issued a joint assertion on Thursday on the scenario of migration on the frontier of the 2 international locations.
In latest occasions, the US has confronted elevated numbers of migrants reaching its border with Mexico, presenting the governments of each international locations with important immigration challenges. Many of the migrants come from the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, who’re experiencing a mixture of push components together with poverty, inequality, violence and political instability. These challenges are additional worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic and hurricanes final yr.
The Bishops expressed their concern for the “dilemma that our migrant sisters and brothers face.” For many, they defined, “the choice emigrate will not be motivated by an indifference towards their homeland or the pursuit of financial prosperity; it’s a matter of life or dying. The scenario is all of the harder for youngsters.”
The assertion issued on Thursday was signed by 9 US Bishops and 6 others from Mexico, together with Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, chairman of the US Bishops’ committee on migration and auxiliary Bishop of Washington.
Humanitarian options for migration
Acknowledging that nations have the fitting to keep up their borders, the Bishops highlighted that “challenges akin to these require humanitarian options.”
They confused that there’s a shared duty by all nations to “protect human life and supply for secure, orderly and humane immigration, together with the fitting to asylum,” regardless that the upkeep of borders is important to the sovereignty and self-determination of nations.
Enchantment to governments
In mild of the difficult scenario, the Bishops appealed to governments, political leaders and civil society to work collectively to “welcome, defend, promote, and combine migrants in accordance with their intrinsic dignity, in addition to work with different international locations within the area to remove circumstances that compel their residents to resort to harmful and irregular migration, producing long-term options.”
Reiterating Pope Francis’ phrases, they famous that “not like disagreement and battle, persistent and brave dialogue doesn’t make headlines, however quietly helps the world to stay a lot better than we think about.” The Pope, on the eve of Easter Sunday final yr, additionally remarked: “how stunning it’s to be Christians who supply comfort, who bear the burdens of others and who supply encouragement: messengers of life in a time of dying.”
In managing the scenario on the borders, due to this fact, the Bishops maintained that household unity should be an important element of any response, and so they appealed that particular consideration be given to weak populations together with youngsters. On the similar time, they inspired insurance policies supported by sound scientific rationales, aware of the significance of public well being and security.
The Bishops additionally pledged their assist to proceed serving to their respective governments’ efforts, in addition to the continuing work of Catholic organizations on the border and elsewhere, that are generously tended to by the clergy, laypeople and consecrated individuals.
Concluding the joint assertion, the US and Mexican Bishops prayed that in Holy Week by which we expertise Christ’s Loss of life and Resurrection, we could really feel inspired to maintain going and to assist migrants, “aware that whereas the way in which forward is lengthy and arduous, it isn’t inconceivable if we journey collectively.”