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Bishops Speak Out on Migration Issues

July 7th, 2011

In June, the Catholic Bishops from North America, Central America and the Caribbean met in Costa Rica to discuss migration in the region.

The bishops raised concerns about the increased violence against and kidnapping of migrants by organized crime, the increase in deportations between the United States and Mexico, the tragedy of human trafficking and growing economic inequality. The Bishops also urged continued support for the recovery of Haiti.

Please find attached the final statement of the bishops in English and Spanish – outlining priority concerns regarding the level of violence and kidnapping of migrants, threats against Church personnel working with them, the need to prioritize economic and development alternatives.

A full text of the joint statement in English can be found at:

A Spanish version is also available:



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