- Apr 7, 2020
A pair of bishops who spent two hours at a Maryland detention center praying and talking with a small group of immigrants facing deportation saw how strong family bonds are.
The secretary-general of the Mexican bishops’ conference expressed dismay at the sight of Mexican security forces scuffling with a caravan of Central American migrants trying to enter the country via its southern border with Guatemala.
Christian Brother James Miller taught students and served as a vice principal at the La Sallian Christian Brothers school in this impoverished pocket of rural Guatemala. He also helped oversee a boarding home for male students from the surrounding indigenous communities.
At the close of their annual general assembly, the Central American bishops criticized Mexico’s new anti-immigration policies and rose to Pope Francis’s defense amid what they said have been false and hostile attacks following the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.
As political tensions mount in several countries throughout Latin America and local crises risk spinning out of control, the bishops in the region are trying desperately to get ahead of the game and calm all parties before things boil over.
The Guatemalan bishops’ migrant ministry has rejected talk of the U.S. and Guatemalan governments sending asylum-seekers to a remote and rugged jungle region rife with drug cartel activities. The bishops said conditions there are not secure for Guatemalan citizens, much less migrants.