AMERICA/HONDURAS - The situation of migrants in Honduras: "It is sad that mothers with their children are expelled"

Monday, 11 January 2016 minors   refugees   politics  

Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) - The Pastoral Care of Human Mobility, an organization of the Catholic Church in Honduras, has asked the US government of President Barack Obama to end the recent raids and expulsions of undocumented Central American immigrants. "We ask the US authorities not to expel our Central American people", said Lidia Souza, responsible for the pastoral care of migrants, speaking Efe agency this weekend.
Raids to capture immigrants "are not new", it is "a practice" of the United States to expel immigrants, especially Central Americans, said Souza. "But it is very sad and unfortunate that even mothers with their children are expelled", she stressed.
On Wednesday, January 6, the first group of 19 children expelled from the United States, all accompanied by their mothers returned to Honduras. This method of "raids" has been condemned by the Honduran government, which at the same time said it is respectful of the US measures regarding illegal immigration. The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández meanwhile called on consulates and other offices of the embassy of his country in the United States, to assist and give advice to the Honduran people. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 11/01/2016)