Missionary priest asks Mexican government help for migrants headed for US
September 28, 2016
As thousands of emigrants from Haiti line Mexico’s southern border, hoping to cross the country and find refuge in the US, a Catholic priest is calling upon the Mexican government to provide more support for the migrants.
Mexico currently provides migrants with a 20-day temporary visa, allowing them time to reach the US border. But when they arrive there, they may face a 3-week wait before they can even apply for legal entry. Father Patrick Murphy, a Scalabrini missionary priest working with migrants in Tijuana, says that the Mexican government must help, as the flood of migrants “is just the beginning.”
Mexico’s National Institute of Migration reports that nearly 8,000 Haitian migrants have reached the country’s border with Guatemala this year, along with thousands of others from Africa and Asia.
- Thousands of Haitians at the border with the USA: more support is needed from the Mexican government (Fides)