Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 24, 2019 / 16:19 pm
The Mexican bishops reaffirmed Tuesday its concern over the lack of a humanitarian reception for migrants, whose dignity has been violated, and exchanged for “a plate of lentils.”
The bishops' conference criticized Mexico's lack of migration policies in a July 23 statement, saying that as a result, the country has submitted to the policies and impositions of the United States, “accepting the incoherency of tying business interests to the right and need to migrate, seeking a better life.”
“Sadly we can see that this dignity as persons and children of God is being violated, since it has been 'exchanged for a plate of lentils'”, they lamented.
The bishops' conference expressed their concern “for a truly humanitarian reception for our brother migrants, which reflects our convictions concerning the recognition and equal protection of the rights of all human beings.”
In June, Mexico agreed to take measures to reduce the number of migrants to the US, in order to avoid the imposition of tariffs.
Some 6,000 National Guard troops will be assigned to Mexico's southern border with Guatemala, and some asylum seekers in the US will be sent to Mexico to wait while their claims are processed.
“A wall not only protects, but isolates from the encounter of one to another; erecting them is to let us be carried away by fear and uncertainty,” the bishops wrote.
“Walls are not only built with stones and bricks but also with negative attitudes such as deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers at our borders as a failed solution to curb migration; a wall does not address the roots and the true causes of the migration phenomenon,” they stressed.