Baltimore, Md., Jul 4, 2019 / 14:30 pm
A string of high-profile migrant deaths in the last week should draw our attention to the thousands more that go unreported, and encourage us to welcome migrants, while also working to address the challenges that lead them to leave their homes, said the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) this week.
"Thousands of migrants die each year trying to attain what we Americans sometimes take for granted," said Sean Callahan, president and CEO of CRS.
In a July 3 statement, he encouraged Americans to take time on Independence Day to "reflect on what it means to be living in a country that was founded upon the notion that every human being has the right to pursue happiness."
The Catholic Relief Services statement pointed to several recent migrant deaths that have garnered the attention of the international media.