CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Trump’s Mexican wall immoral

MEXICO CITY (SE): An editorial published in Desde la Fe, the online newspaper of the Mexico City archdiocese, argues that assisting the United States of America (US) to build a border wall or fence, as proposed by the president, Donald Trump, would be immoral.

Desde la Fe calls the wall “a serious affront to dignity.” It then adds that it would be an immoral act for any Mexican to assist with or be part of building the wall.

On March 28, Ildefonso Guajardo, the minister for the economy, warned local companies that it would not be in their interests to participate in constructing the wall.

But the Catholic paper is critical of the Mexican government for being tepid in its reaction to statements by some Mexican corporations saying that they would be willing to bid on the Trump project.

“Any company that intends to invest in the fanatic Trump wall would be immoral, but above all, their owners and shareholders would be considered traitors to the homeland,” the editorial says.

A spokesperson for the archbishop of Mexico City, Norberto Cardinal Rivera, confirmed that the editorial does indeed reflect the views of the archdiocese.

Trump says he wants to build the wall to stop undocumented immigrants from crossing the southern border of the US and pledged Mexico will pay for the wall, which the Mexican government adamantly says it will not do.

Desde la fe described the wall as a barrier that would only feed prejudice and discrimination.

“In practice, signing up for a project that is a serious affront to dignity is shooting yourself in the foot,” it says.

Nevertheless, some Mexican companies have been quick to get on the band wagon. Concrete manufacturer, Cemex, has announced that it is prepared to quote on supplying raw materials for the wall, although will not take part in the bidding process to build it.

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, another construction material company, has also signalled a readiness to be involved in the project.

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