According to a Vatican News report on Saturday, Pope Francis is sending half a million dollars to help migrants in Mexico trying to reach the United States.
“Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants,” the report writes.
The article states that in recent months, “thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having travelled more than 4,000 kilometres on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.”
“Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them,” the text notes.
The money is intended “to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018 in six migrant caravans,” the article states. These people “were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood” and therefore the Catholic Church has hosted “thousands of them in hotels within the dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing.”
The article complains that there is a decline in media attention on migrant caravans, which has reportedly reduced government and private aid to migrants.
According to Juan Orlando Hernández, Honduran President, some of the migrant caravans going to the US-Mexico border were organized by “leftist groups” from Honduras and “financed by Venezuela” to challenge US sovereignty.
Guatemalan intelligence leader Mario Duarte said in February of this year that the caravans heading to the border are’ well-planned’ and’ well-organized’ by those wishing to’ weaponise those in need.’
Pope Francis made immigration support a defining topic of his Pontificate and urged nations to welcome migrants more.
Francis attacked President Donald Trump over his proposed border wall on March 31. Asked by a reporter what he thought of Trump’s wall, the pope warned that “wall builders, whether of razor-wire or brick, will become prisoners of the walls they build. That’s the story.”