AMERICA/MEXICO - The Bishops: migrants must be looked upon with compassion

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 migrants   human rights   violence   bishops   area crisis  


Tijuana (Agenzia Fides) - "We must help the people to look on all those who cross our territory with compassion, we must not fuel xenophobia and contempt for migrants, even if many show their affection, respect and support for migrants. There is a minority that oppose them. I hope Mexican people will continue to be a people that gives a hand to all migrants, because Mexico is also a migrant people: a large part of our population has had to emigrate to the United States. We must always have this truth before our eyes. No one can deny others the right to move, look for better living conditions. We are all migrants and that is why we must also look with good eyes and support those who are in need now": says in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, Mgr. Rogelio Cabrera, Archbishop of Monterrey and new president of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM) a few days before the closing of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Mexico, which also dealt with the theme of migrants who continue to cross the country.
Thousands of migrants have arrived in the city of Tijuana and the authorities are unable to manage the flow of people. There are no places to welcome them. Yesterday there was another demonstration in Tijuana of residents shouting slogans: "They are invaders, they are armed: go away from the country!".
In Tijuana, people are now sleeping on the streets, it is hard to estimate the number of migrants that have arrived. It is expected that another 4 thousand people will arrive this week from Mexicali, a neighboring town. The mayor of Tijuana has requested federal help to contain the situation. "We are not anti-migrants, but we ask to respect law and order", he said. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/11/2018)