Dear Pope Francis,
We write to you today as members of a National Network of women and mothers who are fighting for dignity and justice in the immigrant communities inspired by your prophetic global leadership.
We hope your presence at the Mexican border will enlighten and move politicians in Mexico, the USA, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and will make them to come together to protect immigrants’ human rights and to acknowledge that gangs, extreme poverty and violence, which are some of the main issues forcing their migration northwards. These governments need to take substantial actions to protect fleeing children and also 11 million people that have lived for decades in the United States of America so their dignity and respect are restored through humane policies. These are people who are making invaluable contributions to our communities , the economy- though forced to live in the shadows of society.
We kindly urge you to intercede by delivering a firmer message, since it seems that in your last visit to this country your words have fallen on deaf ears. And, more disturbing yet, we are still hearing the most incendiary rhetoric against immigrants and their families.
Please, BE OUR VOICE!
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”