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Mexican bishops question border deal

MEXICO CITY (CNS): “We express our concern for the lack of a truly humanitarian reception for our brother migrants, which reflects our convictions regarding the protection of the rights of all human beings equally,” the Mexican Bishops’ Conference bishops said in a statement June 10.
 
The bishops questioned the details of a deal in which Mexico will strengthen security along its southern border with Guatemala and impede the path of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and food insecurity.
 

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Death of child at United States border condemned as ‘unacceptable’

WASHINGTON (CNS): “This was bound to happen,” said Dylan Corbett, executive director of the Hope Border Institute, in reaction to the death of a second child on Christmas Eve at the border of the United States (US) and Mexico.
 
“It’s completely unacceptable. Children are not supposed to be housed at a checkpoint,” he said.
 

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Migrants seek a welcome

Let us look at ourselves as human beings with dignity, values and inalienable human rights. We are persons not like the animals that see enemies and rivals all around them in the wild, and who fight and kill for food and survival. Most humans have a higher standard to live by and coexist in peace on this planet—but not all. 
 








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French Church groups fight anti-migrant attitudes

PARIS (CNS): The Church in France has launched a programme to combat anti-migrant and anti-Muslim attitudes amid reports of tensions among Catholics.
 
“It is to resist the rise of tensions and hostilities within the Christian community that our movements have decided to work” with the French Bishops’ Conference to find ways to “help Christians rise above these fears and face the migrant question calm and dispassionately,” said a June 7 statement on the conference’s website. 
 

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Philippine bishops call for worker boycott of abusive states

Manila (UCAN): The Catholic bishops of the Philippines want a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to countries that do not have laws to protect migrants.
 
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, chairperson of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said on March 26 that it is high time the government said no to countries where workers are abused and that a total ban is a preventive measure against human rights violations and loss of lives.
 

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