NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA- Migrant caravans on the US border: the action of the Central American Church

Saturday, 24 November 2018 migrants   humanitarian assistance   local churches   solidarity   human rights  

Over 4,000 Central American migrants have arrived - and others are arriving - in Tijuana, on the border with the United States, after a long walk from their countries of origin. They are the first group of the three caravans that left in October from Honduras and El Salvador, which count altogether at least 9 thousand people. The United States, destiny and dream of migrant caravans, do not intend to let the marchers enter without a visa. Migrants remain blocked in border areas. The Church works for dialogue with institutions and humanitarian assistance. In the message to the people of God, the Mexican Bishops point out, among other things: "We acknowledge the responsible action of some state and municipal authorities that have responded effectively to this emergency, but we note that many others have left the responsibilities indicated by the National Law of Migration. As a society and as a Church we have sought to assist migrants in their passage through our territory in a brotherly manner, responding to the call of Pope Francis to welcome them, protect them, promote them and integrate them" (...)