who is also president of the Committee on Human Mobility of the
Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, said the boycott was being undertaken by
all Hispanics and calls for refraining from the purchase of any U.S.
He said he
himself would “set the example” and that on May 1 he would not cross
the border into the United States to make purchases.
“We Mexicans who
live on this side should express our solidarity with immigrants, just
as the Guatemalans, Nicaraguans and others from Central America are
doing,” he added.,
said the faithful could join in the boycott by not entering El Paso on
May 1 and by refusing to buy U.S. products in Juarez.
As one of the
fiercest supporters of the undocumented who travel to, or live in the
United States, Bishop Ascencio organized an inter-religious day of
prayer last January and expressed his rejection of the “anti-immigrant”
law passed in December by the U.S. House of Representatives.
legislation, yet to be passed by the Senate, authorizes the building of
a wall on the U.S./Mexican border and seeks to make undocumented
immigrants and all those who provide them with assistance, felons.
Renato Ascencio of Juarez, Mexico, announced during Holy Week he would
support a commercial boycott planned by immigrants in the U.S. for May
1 in order to demand “integral and just” immigration reform.