.- In a statement released on Wednesday, the bishops of Mexico called on presidential candidates to offer âconcrete plans for the short, medium and long termâ for dealing with the problem of immigration, rather than simply pointing out the problem.
In their statement the bishops argue that âto try to stop immigration with different types of âbarriersâ is impossibleâ and that âdialogue and thorough solutions,â taking into account the âspecific contribution that immigration can offer for world peace,â are what is truly needed.
âThe United States,â the bishops continued, âhas recognized in practice that it depends on the Mexican worker to keep the economy healthy. Therefore, it should make a special efforts to establish the legal means for Mexican workers there to find jobs that provide an appropriate wage and just employment benefits and protections, in order to live with dignity.â
âRegulating the flow of immigrants between countries is a process,â the bishops added. âWe cannot lose site of our responsibility to carry out structural reforms so that Mexicans can experience in our country the basic conditions necessary to live with dignity in whatever profession they choose,â they said.
The statement, which was signed by the president of the Bishopsâ
Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, and
Conference secretary, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, calls for cooperation
by everyone to âseek out solutions together,â so that âthe rights of
our brothers and sisters who are seeking a better life are recognizedâ
and âjustice is served.â