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Bishop urges government to protect unaccompanied children crossing the border

Catholic World News - June 05, 2014

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, has called upon Congress and the Obama administration to protect unaccompanied children who are crossing the border from Mexico into the United States.

“This is a very complicated problem, but its roots must be addressed, both by our government and governments in the region,” he said. “These children are extremely vulnerable to human traffickers and unscrupulous smugglers and must be protected. Over the long term, the increasing violence from gangs and organized crime in their home countries must be addressed and controlled so they can be secure in their homes.”

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 06, 2014 1:42 PM ET USA

    So just how would the this bishop deal with the drug cartels, human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt governments in the region other than to pick the pockets of the American taxpayers?

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 06, 2014 3:43 AM ET USA

    I'm sure there is a reason why the bishops' policy recommendations are in Spanish, but how can parents allow their children to travel alone and enter the U.S. illegally? Of course, the bishops don't want this to "become politicized or give cause for negative rhetoric" because it is unconscionable. I'd suggest that these parents be denied entry into the U.S. for child abandonment, etc (wouldn't that be a charge if a U.S. parent did this here?).

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Jun. 05, 2014 8:02 PM ET USA

    Protect and send home to the Mexican government. Are we to take everyone whose government is corrupt and will not do what is needed to elimiinate the criminals. Citizens have no guns to protect themselves so just the criminals have the weapons. Gues what we have to look forward to.

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