In response to the ongoing crisis in the Del Rio sector of the U.S. Mexico border, where thousands of Haitian nationals have been staying after fleeing widespread violence, political turmoil, natural disasters, and economic stagnation in their native Haiti, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, and Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, issued the following statement:
"We call on the U.S. government to reassess its treatment of migrants in Del Rio and elsewhere along the U.S. Mexico Border, especially Haitians, who face life-threatening conditions if returned to Haiti and possible discrimination if expelled to third countries. In addition to these services and works provided by many Catholic institutions, we offer our prayers for these migrants and all those seeking safety, security and the opportunity to flourish in accordance with their God-given dignity."
The conditions in Del Rio are grim, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and limited access to basic needs, such as food, water, and shelter. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has responded to this situation by increasing personnel in the region, closing the Del Rio Port of Entry and accelerating the removal of these migrants from the U.S. Read the full USCCB statement here.