Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Ahead of migrant caravan, Catholic leaders urge U.S. govt to protect the vulnerable

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA/EWTN)
10/30/2018 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

As a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continues its trek north to the United States, the U.S. bishops' conference and leaders of Catholic aid agencies have urged government officials to treat migrants compassionately.

Highlights

By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
10/30/2018 (6 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: migrant caravan, Catholic leaders, U.S. govt


Denver, Colo., (CNA) - Signers of the joint statement, released on Monday, included Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the U.S. Bishop's committee on migration, Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and Sr. Donna Markham OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA.

"We affirm that seeking asylum is not a crime," they said in their statement.

"We urge all governments to abide by international law and existing domestic laws that protect those seeking safe haven and ensure that all those who are returned to their home country are protected and repatriated safely," they said.

Earlier this month, a group of about 160 migrants in Honduras started a migrant caravan, trekking northward to seek asylum as refugees in the United States. That caravan, which is now in Mexico, is believed to have peaked at 7,000 people, although several hundred have reportedly dropped off or fallen behind at various points.

Other smaller caravans have also started making their way north to the U.S., including a caravan of about 200 people from El Salvador.

The President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, has offered benefits such as temporary work permits and medical care to migrants who want to stay in the country, but at least 4,000 people are continuing the journey to the United States.

Catholic Churches along the route in Mexico have provided places of brief rest and refreshment, the Washington Post reported.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump called the caravan "an invasion" and announced that 5,200 troops will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the week to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure enforcement of immigration laws.

"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

In their statement, Vásquez, Callahan and Markham said they have helped assist the poor and vulnerable in the U.S. and throughout the world, and they "deeply saddened by the violence, injustice, and deteriorating economic conditions forcing many people to flee their homes in Central America. While nations have the right to protect their borders, this right comes with responsibilities: governments must enforce laws proportionately, treat all people humanely, and provide due process," they said.

They also urged the government to address not only the migrants that come to the U.S., but to work to address the regional issues that force migrants to leave their homes, such as violence and lack of economic opportunity in their countries.

"An enforcement-only approach does not address nor solve the larger root causes that cause people to flee their countries in search of protection," they said.

"As Christians, we must answer the call to act with compassion towards those in need and to work together to find humane solutions that honor the rule of law and respect the dignity of human life."

The migrant caravan is still 900 miles from the United States, but is expected to reach the border in the next few weeks.

Your Prayer Requests 'LIVE'

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary.
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.


Comments


More U.S.

California confession bill amended, but still would require priests to violate seal Watch

Image of

California's state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited ... continue reading


US bishops oppose Trump immigration plan, say families are foundational Watch

Image of

 Leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference voiced concern over President Donald Trump's new immigration plan, stressing that families ... continue reading



Making a Difference: Wars, threats of more wars, dishonor Memorial Day

Image of What do you really believe the nonviolent Jesus thinks of all this?

Flag waving and military parades are synonymous with Memorial Day. It is a day of intense nationalism - highlighting a perceived need for ... continue reading


The 'young man with a big, good heart': STEM hero Kendrick Castillo laid to rest Watch

Image of

On a warm Friday morning in May at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Littleton, Colorado, about 40 Knights of Columbus dressed in full regalia ... continue reading


'Stand firm for life against the evil opposing it' Kentucky governor says Watch

Image of

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is urging his fellow governors to "be bold" on the issue of life. Frankfort, Ky., (CNA) - The first-term ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.