Bishops on both sides of Mexico border criticise troop deployment
The Mexican bishops’ conference criticised US President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by ‘in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions by crossing the border to work and contribute to the common good’.
The 7th April letter, addressed to people in Mexico and the United States and the presidents of both countries, echoed sentiments of US border bishops by saying the frontier between the two countries ‘is not a war zone’, but rather an area ‘called to be an example of social connection and joint responsibility’.
‘The only future possible for our region is the future built with bridges of trust and shared development, not with walls of indignity and violence,’ said the statement signed by the bishops of 16 northern Mexican dioceses and the conference’s six-member presidential council.
‘There is only a future in the promotion and defense of the equal dignity and the equal liberty between human beings,’ the statement said. ‘Even more, Pope Francis has told us unambiguously: ‘A person who only thinks of building walls, wherever it may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the Gospel’.’
The Mexican bishops’ statement: ‘For the Dignity of Migrants’, followed Trump’s 4th April announcement to deploy troops to the border to thwart the entry of unauthorised migrants.
Picture: Border wall prototypes are seen near San Diego on 12th March. Image taken from Las Torres, Mexico. (CNS photo/Alejandro Zepeda, EPA).