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Mexican, Central American bishops to discuss plight of migrants

January 27, 2015

The bishops of Mexico and four Central American nations will begin a three-day meeting on January 28 to discuss the plight of those seeking to enter the United States.

“We are saddened and concerned that migrants are exposed to so many humiliations: they are mistreated, blackmailed, sometimes kidnapped, forcing them to work for the drug business,” said Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of Chiapas, according to a Fides report. “We are particularly concerned about the trafficking of women, who are raped and abandoned when they are pregnant.”

“Every day we promote more and more centers for migrants, not only providing food and accommodation, but medical care, a place where to rest and where to find, if necessary, legal support,” he added. “Our services are offered not only to Catholics, but to all people.”

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  • Posted by: truthseeker - Jan. 28, 2015 11:08 AM ET USA

    The plight of any migrant worldwide is caused by a number of socio-economic and political reasons. However, breaking a country's immigration laws and then seeking justification is wrong. There is no justification for illegal immigrants entering the USA under any pretext. There are various legal channels to address all kinds of issues facing those who are oppressed by their country's socio-economic and political conditions. We need to help these folks within the context of their citizenship.