September 22, 2021

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Border crisis: Catholic Charities invites President Biden to the Rio Grande valley – Roce Today

Thousands of migrants have resorted to staying in dangerous tent cities in Mexican border towns after Migrant Protection Protocols (MPPs) were implemented in 2019 and the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s efforts to repeal the policy, he said. Catholic Charities executive director Norma Pimentel in an op-ed Monday for the Washington Post.

Pimentel asked Biden to visit the Rio Grande Valley and negotiate with Mexican officials to ensure more humane conditions for migrants. He appealed to the president’s Catholic faith to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants.

“I invite you to come and see for yourself, as your wife did in 2019, what is happening at the border,” writes Pimentel. “There are many layers in the realities of immigration behind the jarring political rhetoric that dominates and obscures the issue today. But we must find a way to counter what Pope Francis calls a ‘globalization of indifference’ ”.

According to Pimentel, migrant families have lived in the camps for up to two years awaiting a decision on their immigration cases. The fields are hit by extreme heat and intermittent rain that turns the ground to thick mud and floods the tents, while drug cartels violently plague border towns.

“We don’t have to let children live in tents for months in the rain,” Pimentel wrote. “We cannot abandon them in communities where their mothers are afraid to let them use the bathroom at night for fear that they may meet a gang member or be attacked.”

Pimentel asked Biden to consider allowing migrants to enter the United States on humanitarian parole or partnering with Mexican officials to allow the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to donate food, medical care and accommodation for migrants waiting at the border.

According to Pimentel, about 5,000 migrants are staying in a makeshift camp in Reynosa, Mexico, near McAllen, Texas.