U.S. Catholic Bishops of U.S./Mexico Border Respond to U.S. National Guard Deployment

April 6, 2018

BROWNSVILLE—In response to announcements regarding deploying the United States National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S./Mexico Border issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the U.S./Mexico Border distorts the reality of life on the border; this is not a war zone but instead is comprised of many peaceful and law-abiding communities that are also generous in their response to human suffering. We recognize the right of nations to control and secure their borders; we also recognize the need of nations to respect the rule of law. Current law in the United States rightly provides that those arriving to our country fleeing persecution are entitled to due-process as their claims are reviewed. Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life for oneself and one’s family is not a crime. Our faith calls us to respond with compassion to those who suffer, and to live in a spirit of solidarity with all human beings. We remain hopeful that our local, state and federal officials will work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life. We are also deeply concerned that at this time divisive rhetoric often promotes the dehumanization of immigrants, as if all were threats and criminals. We urge Catholics and people of good will to look past the dehumanizing rhetoric regarding immigrants and remember that they are a vulnerable population, our neighbors, and our sisters and brothers in Christ.


Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, San Antonio

Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Brownsville

Bishop Michael J. Sis, San Angelo

Bishop James Tamayo, Laredo

Bishop Mark J. Seitz, El Paso

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger, Tucson

Bishop Robert W. McElroy, San Diego

Bishop Oscar Cantú, Las Cruces

Keywords: U.S. Bishops, United States, Mexico border, U.S. National Guard, militarization, communities. Rule of law, United States Bill of Rights, persecution, due process, collaboration, immigrants, solidarity

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