Comunicado de prensa (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL): Bishop in House Committee Testimony: Nation ‘Must Not Turn Our Back’ on Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border

Children are targeted with violence, seek safety
Says root causes of violence and insecurity must be addressed
Urges for bipartisan cooperation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Junio 25, 2014)—Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, stated in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Junio 25, that the rise of the number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border represents atest of our moral characterof the nation. “We must not fail this test,” añadió. “We must not turn our back on them.

Since October, más de 52,000 unaccompanied children, the large majority from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, have crossed into the United States. Many are fleeing violence from organized criminal networks in their communities.

In his testimony, Bishop Seitz provided several recommendations for the immediate care of the children and long-term solutions to the issue.

Over the long-term, there must be a concerted effort to address the root causes of this exodus, specifically the rampant violence in the region,” Bishop Seitz said. “As part of this effort, humane reintegration practices and prevention programs investing in youth should complement anti-violence efforts.

Bishop Seitz urged Congress to cooperate on the issue, not to politicize it. “This issue should not be viewed as an occasion for political posturing, but as an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation,” dijo.

A complete copy of his testimony can be found online:

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Palabras clave: ESTADOS UNIDOS. Conferencia de obispos católicos, CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL, Bishop Mark J. Seitz, Violencia, organized crime, migrantes, unaccompanied children, migration, House Judiciary Committee, Cámara de representantes, Congreso, Inmigración

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