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USCCB: prelate mourns death of immigrants in tractor-trailer truck

July 25, 2017

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration, lamented the smuggling-related deaths of immigrants in Texas who were packed into a tractor-trailer truck.

“My brother bishops and I are heartbroken by the news coming from San Antonio regarding individuals found dead in a crowded and overheated tractor trailer,” he said, as he prayed for “the several other individuals identified, including school-aged children, who are reported to have life-threatening injuries.”

He added:

We condemn this terrible human exploitation that occurred and continues to happen in our country. In a moment such as this, we reflect upon the words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, “The defense of human beings knows no barriers: we are all united wanting to ensure a dignified life for every man, woman and child who is forced to abandon his or her own land.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jul. 27, 2017 11:09 PM ET USA

    There are many bishops part responsible for the deaths of these poor illegals because instead of truth they rather get government funds to continue support for illegals. They don't want to end it because of the money funneled to groups they support. Have them come legally. Help them there and save lives.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 26, 2017 8:25 AM ET USA

    This tragedy is one of the results of the commercialization of the illegal entry, mostly of Central Americans, by the drug cartels. Some countries have such corrupt administrations that they try to export their economic or social problems to the U.S. Here in South Texas we live with the sequellae.