"So many others are detained or deported to Mexico, even more under the unilateral American program 'Stay in Mexico', under which thousands of Central Americans are hoping for a resolution of their immigration status, putting an electronic bracelet on them and restricting their movement to a specific place," they said.
They also recalled that one cannot be indifferent to the suffering endured by migrants with the lack of humanitarian aid and who are "exposed to grave risks in the border towns, preventing their full and free access to legal assistance."
The Mexican bishops enumerated five main points of concern: the defense of the dignity and human rights of all migrants; migrant raids in the US with the attendant danger of family separation; the threat of massive deportations from the US to Mexico; a new migration policy in Mexico based on containment and deportation rather than welcome; and the insistence of Mexican government agencies that shelters provide information on the migrants they serve.
"The Church, as a mother and protectress is concerned for and takes care of the poor and needy, and migrants are at this time, the poorest of the poor; the collaboration of the Mexican and American bishops in charity for this sector of society expresses their desire to continue to collaborate with all the initiatives that would permit finding a way for better security and protection of human rights of those who emigrate, and they raise their prophetic voice when these rights are violated." they said.
Finally, they asked the Holy Spirit "to enlighten the civil authorities of our nations so they would make the wisest, most worthy, coherent and authentically beneficial decisions for our peoples, as well as safeguarding the sovereignty of our nation, putting first the common good of man as a sign of human development, maturity and intelligence."