BY ISN STAFF | November 12, 2018
The Jesuit Migration Network of Central America and North America (RJM-CANA in Spanish), responded to President Trump’s November 9 proclamation on asylum, calling it a violation of international law, including violating the Geneva Convention of 1951.
In a candid statement issued the same day as the proclamation, RJM-CANA expressed their concern with the most recent administration action from word one, titling the statement, “Mr. Trump, you are who acts illegally, not the caravan.” This was a similar theme expressed by RJM-CANA soon after the migrant caravan left Honduras when RJM-CANA released a statement responding to anti-migrant tweets President Trump’s. However, in this most recent declaration, they also noted the Trump administration’s failure to critically reflect on the relationship between U.S. policy in Central America and the current reality of forced migration, citing such policies as “the root of the forced migration of hundreds of thousands of Central American people.”
The Jesuit Migration Network of Central America is part of a larger network that serves all of Latin America and the Caribbean, seeking to provide effective, coordinated, and comprehensive assistance to migrants, displaced persons, and refugees from very diverse areas: pastoral, educational, social, research, etc. In the United States, participation comes from Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and social ministries.
The full statement originally published in Spanish can be found in English below: