TITLE

Immigrants From Mexico

PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
America;3/10/2003, Vol. 188 Issue 8, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
From being a country that once welcomed immigrants, the United States has become a nation that has raised higher and higher barriers against them. These higher walls of exclusion are having a destructive effect on would-be immigrants from around the world, but especially on the people of one of our nearest neighbors, Mexico. This past January, the U.S. bishops, together with their brother bishops in Mexico, jointly released a pastoral statement called "Strangers No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope." Because of their presence-in conjunction with various blockade initiatives, under sanitized names like "Operation Hold the Line (1993)" in El Paso, Texas, "Operation Gatekeeper (1994)" in the San Diego, California area and "Operation Safeguard (1995)" in southern Arizona--migrants desperate to reach the U.S. for work or for family reunification have been driven into remote desert and mountain regions. In a section of the document on the root causes of migration, the bishops note that only an adjustment of the economic inequalities between the United States and Mexico can provide workers there with adequate opportunities to earn enough to support themselves and their families.
ACCESSION #
9241683

 

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