The Archdiocese of Mexico called President Donald Trump’s immigration measures "migrant terrorism" and said Mexican officials’ reaction is lukewarm and submissive.
In an editorial posted Sunday on “Desde la Fe’” [From the Faith], a weekly publication, the Archdiocese said the new policies amount to “not only the application of an inhuman legalism but a true act of terror.”
“Our undocumented brothers are afraid, their children suffer a real psychosis, while the Mexican authorities are not able to act, they only make statements and promises; their reactions are lukewarm, they also show fear, and worse, submission,” the article read.
“They are still waiting for the U.S. president to come to his senses, when he has demonstrated, since he was a candidate, that his method is precisely being unreasonable.”
The editorial also criticized Enrique Peña Nieto’s government for not providing enough funds (“crumbs”) to attend what it called “a humanitarian emergency.”
“We do not see firmness in the defense of our sovereignty; we do not see dignity in dealing with our northern neighbor; we do not see effective strategies to help our compatriots; we do not see ability or intelligence in those responsible for dealing with this humanitarian crisis,” the editorial read.
The new policies are President Trump’s latest efforts to follow through on campaign promises to strictly enforce immigration laws and build a wall along the border.
Millions of Mexicans living in the U.S. could be targeted for deportation, including people simply arrested for traffic violations.
The Trump administration memos replace narrower guidance focusing on immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, are considered threats to national security or are recent border crossers.