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Pope Francis Donates $500,000 for Stranded Migrants in Mexico

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 US dollars to help stranded migrants in Mexico as they attempt to reach the US border, the Vatican said.

According to a statement from the Holy See, vital aid for migrants and media coverage of the migration crisis has decreased.

 

The Pope has already criticized US President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall to prevent migrants from entering.

The United States lobbied the Mexican government to stop the caravans of people from Central America heading north.

“In 2018, six caravans of migrants entered Mexico, for a total of 75,000 people. The arrival of other groups has been announced, “said the Vatican office.

“All these people are stranded, unable to enter the United States, without homes and means of livelihood. The Catholic Church hosts thousands in the hotels of dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities.

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Most migrants say they are fleeing persecution, violence and poverty in their home country.

Last week, authorities arrested nearly 400 migrants passing through southern Chiapas, Mexico, in an attempt to reach the United States.

“The media coverage of this emergency has diminished and, as a result, the help given to migrants by the government and individuals has also decreased,” reads the Vatican statement.

“It is in this context that Pope Francis donated $ 500,000 to help migrants in Mexico. This amount will fund 27 projects from 16 dioceses of Mexican religious congregations who have asked for help to continue providing shelter, food and basic necessities to our brothers and sisters. “

In March, the Pope criticized political leaders who tried to erect barriers to prevent migrants from entering.

“The builders of walls, whether they are made of barbed wire or brick, will eventually become prisoners of the walls they build,” he said.

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