U.S. and Mexican bishops living along the border issued a joint statement this week calling for “humanitarian solutions” to immigration.
“As U.S. and Mexican bishops along the border, we witness daily the dilemma that our migrant sisters and brothers face,” the statement reads. “For most, the decision to migrate is not motivated by an indifference toward their homeland or the pursuit of economic prosperity; it is a matter of life or death.”
While recognizing the right of nations to control their borders, the bishops call on countries to welcome migrants in accordance with their “intrinsic dignity” and to pay special care to the treatment of children.
“Undoubtedly, nations have the right to maintain their borders. This is vital to their sovereignty and self-determination,” the bishops declare. “At the same time, there is a shared responsibility of all nations to preserve human life and provide for safe, orderly, and