Mexican Jesuits Call on Government and Citizens to Respond to Caravan with Respect
BY ISN STAFF | October 22, 2018
As the migrant caravan that began in Honduras last week made its way toward Mexico, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) released a statement (full statement in English below) calling on all involved to “respect at all times the human rights of migrants.” The statement which was published on the province website and shared via social media on October 19, called on both the Mexican government and Mexican people to act with compassion and capacity.The statement by the Mexican Jesuits came as the caravan members were preparing to cross into Mexico on Saturday and have since made it to the town of Tapachula, a forty-five minute drive from the Mexican border with Guatemala. Tweeting regularly about the caravan, U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested that U.S. foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador would be cut if the countries were unable to turn the caravan around and made factless suggestions that the caravan members are being funded by his political opponents or are affiliated with terrorist groups.
Early last week of the Jesuit Migration Network of Central America issued a statement regarding the caravan, stating definitively that “migrants are not criminals” and called on all governments in the path of the caravan live up to “their responsibility to guarantee the fundamental rights of migrants in transit.”
When I was a stranger or a migrant or a refugee – you opened your door – says the Lord.