Texas-Mexico border bishops publish a pastoral letter on family immigration.
Following a deeply emotional encounter with young children who are being held in immigration detention centers at their semi-annual meeting held in September, the Catholic Border Bishops of Texas and Mexico have published a joint pastoral letter titled, “Families Beyond Borders.” The document addresses the profoundly human tragedies that families are suffering under the current immigration system.
The Border Bishops explain that they felt compelled to write this document “… because of the urgency of the Church’s task to serve the suffering Christ whose image we see in the suffering people we encounter daily in streets and in our neighborhoods.” The bishops point to the very real threats facing families caught up in the United States’ broken immigration system; “We note especially the culture of increasing violence affecting many countries of origin, the dangers of migration itself, and the widespread poverty and unemployment especially affecting the youth in immigrant families. The current immigration system in the United States exacerbates these chronically difficult conditions affecting families.”
The bishops who worked on “Families Beyond Borders” represented the leadership of these dioceses and archdiocese: (From Mexico) Chihuaha, Ciudad Juárez, Cuahteoc-Madera, Matamoros, Monterrey, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras-Catedral Mártir, and Saltillo; (From Texas) Amarillo, Brownsville, El Paso, Lubbock, San Angelo, and San Antonio; (From New Mexico) The Diocese of Las Cruces.