Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MEXICO - Mexico-US Border: the Pro-Migrants commission in 18 dioceses already operational

Eighteen dioceses of the border, in Mexico and the United States, have established commissions for legal advice to migrants in danger of being deported or in transit to the United States. 

The letter sent to Fides reports that in Texas the commissions are operating in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

In a long interview granted to the Mexican press on March 15, Father Arturo Montelongo, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Human Mobility, exposed some elements of the Church's commitment to the defense of migrants, including the opening of community centers where returnees can teach the crafts learned in the United States. 

Then there is the planned creation of a "pro-immigrant" front at an Episcopal Conference level, composed of 35 dioceses along both sides of the border.

"As a Church we have accompanied the journey of migrants for a long time, both as a charitable and humanitarian activity. We have 64 reception centers across the country, but we are in the phase of opening others" said Father Montelongo in his interview with the press in Naucalpan de Juarez, near Mexico City.