Archbishop of San Salvador Jose Luis Escobar Alas condemned the massacre of 72 immigrants in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas during a press conference last Sunday. After asking the governments of Mexico and El Salvador to investigate the incident and bring about justice, the prelate demanded that agreements be established to protect the undocumented.
The archbishop rejected the idea of mounting a campaign to discourage immigrants from traveling to the United States, saying they are doing so because of the lack of opportunities in their own countries.
“It’s not tourism, it’s survival.” “If the government could provide enough jobs and opportunities so that no young person would have to leave their own country, that would be great,” the archbishop said.
He called on the governments of the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador to establish an agreement protecting the rights of the undocumented.