.- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, expressed profound sadness last week over the murder of 72 immigrants in the state of Tamaulipas. He called the incident âmore evidence of the social disorder and loss of valuesâ dominating âsome areas of the country.â
In a statement, the cardinal said that the massacre also points to âthe lack of a comprehensive immigration policy in Mexico that is consistent with the needs demanded by human mobility regarding the humanitarian treatment of immigrants, just as Mexico is demanding of the United States.â
This âshameful tragedyâ must not go unpunished, the cardinal said. He then called on the governments of America âto take immediate actions to ensure that such deplorable acts never happen again.â
âPope Benedict XVI has said in the context of migrant ministry that âhuman mobility is a co-responsibility of States and international organizations,â and in this sense, Mexico is obliged to make every effort to safeguard the fundamental rights of those who enter the country without documents, with the dream of achieving a life of greater dignity,â he said.
The refusal of the victims to cooperate in the drug tradeâwhich was the reason for their deathsâis âa true message of hope and faith,â the cardinal stated. âThe sacrifice of these innocent people conveys the universal message about the defense of values and the love of their families.â