Loading
Mexican bishop labels wall on US/Mexico border a “lesser evil”

.- Reacting to approval in the US Senate of an immigration bill that would allow nine million undocumented aliens to obtain legal status, the secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Sergio Aguiar Retes, said the construction of a wall on the US/Mexican border should be considered a “lesser evil.”
 
“This is something that can be accepted as a lesser evil, nobody in Mexico is in favor of it, from the President on down to the last citizen, but if they will now let us enter legally, the building of their wall is the lesser of evils,” he stated.
 
The bishop said the immigration bill is an important step that would make a full agreement more likely.  He said the building of a wall on the border was an internal political strategy in the United States.  “It’s like saying to a sector of society that feels it is under assault by immigration: Yes, we hear you, and we are going to build this wall that isn’t necessary and doesn’t guarantee a thing, just to keep you happy.”

Bishop Aguiar Retes said the Senate reform would “benefit millions of people and many others who would be able to legally immigrate with all of their rights.”  Despite all this, he maintained, this does not amount to an immigration agreement allowing for free transit in a given region, in the same way as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
 
He questioned the nature of the immigrant relationship between the United States, Canada and Mexico-all partners in NAFTA-and said a level of integration similar to that of the European Union was necessary between the three countries.  “The flow of illegals is going to diminish thanks to this bill and everyone is going to seek out the legal path.  But the reality is, Mexican immigration to the United States had to be like that because there was no other way,” he said.
  
“Now, with the possibility of temporary worker visas, I suppose Mexicans will apply each year to obtain those permits, but with a different expectation.  Nobody likes to risk his life if it is not absolutely necessary,” the bishop stated.
 
“As the US bishops have said, there is not a single diocese in that country that does not have any Mexicans, and they are Catholics.  They belong to the faithful whose needs must be met.  There are many reasons for there to be continuous good relations,” he noted.
 
The US Senate approved an immigration reform bill several days ago that would allow nine of the estimated twelve million illegal aliens to gain legal status if they can prove they have been working for four years, and it would authorize the issuance of another 200,000 temporary visas.  The Senate bill must now be reconciled with the House bill in conference committee.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: