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10 December 2018

The Migrant Caravan: Letter of the CRC President to the Prime Minister of Canada

On December 10, Brother Louis Cinq-Mars, provincial superior of the Capuchin friars and president of the CRC, has written to the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau expressing deep concern for the disturbing situation faced by migrants coming from Central America and Honduras at the American border.

“Given the grave risk they would face should they return to their native countries, we believe it incumbent on the Canadian government to take concrete steps as part of an international effort to assure their safety and well-being.”

According to him, decisions and statements of the current United States administration “are making it almost impossible for these persons to claim refugee status.” These people, including a large numbers of women and children, are “living in deplorable conditions.”

In a letter sent on November 23 to the Canadian Prime Minister and Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed D. Hussen, Fr. Erik Oland, Jesuit Provincial of Canada, challenged them about the “powerful military response” deployed by the US border and political authorities to Central American migrants who arrived at the border with Mexico and the United States.”