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The Pope Just Donated Half A Million Dollars To Help Central American Migrants In Mexico

The Pope Just Donated Half A Million Dollars To Help Central American Migrants In Mexico

Pope Francis has spent $500,000 to help the migrants that are stranded in Mexico as they try to make their way to the US border.

As reported by CNN, on Sunday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has donated half a million dollars to the migrants who are stranded in Mexico. The money comes from the Catholic Church's Peter's Pence fund, from church collections around the world. In the statement, it was mentioned that vital aid for the migrants were falling. Media coverage of the condition the migrants are in has also been decreasing in the past few weeks. The money will be used for housing, food, and necessities for the Central American migrants. The funds will be split among 27 projects in 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, according to the release. "Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them," Peter's Pence, the Pope's charity, said in a statement.

The near 75,000 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala that have arrived in caravans in Mexico and all of them have been "stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood," the Vatican said. The Catholic Church has claimed that it hosts thousands of these migrants in hotels within dioceses or congregations. "Media coverage of this emergency has been decreasing and as a result, aid to migrants by the government and private individuals has also decreased," the Vatican said.



 

So far, 13 projects have already been approved for aid. These include in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana, and Nogales, which border the United States. The remaining 14 projects are said to still be under the approval process. The United States has been pressurizing the Mexican Government to stem out the caravans that are parked at the border. The government wants to take action against  Central Americans heading North. This is one of the reasons why Trump wants to build the wall. The Pope was completely against this idea. 



 

All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood. The Catholic Church hosts thousands of them in the hotels within dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing." According to the migrants, the reason they are moving North is to flee poverty, violence, and persecution in their home countries. They are looking for safer places to raise their families. 



 

Last week officials detained nearly 400 migrants traveling through Mexico's southern Chiapas state trying to reach the US. With the decrease in media coverage, the aid provided to these migrants has also reduced drastically. They do not get basic amenities while they are stranded outside the US border. They are only seeking for help, for refuge. By reducing the media coverage, in turn reducing the food and drinking water they are provided with, the fundamental rights of the migrants are being violated.



 

In March, the Pope criticized political leaders who tried to erect barriers to keep migrants out. "Builders of walls, be they made of razor wire or bricks, will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build," he said. Majority of the world leaders are against the plan to build the wall. In fact, most American citizens do not want the wall to be built. Funds are being raised to build the wall to stop migrants from entering the U.S. but this leaves them stranded in their countries where they live in poverty and see violence and other crimes on a daily basis. The people are only looking for a better place for their children to grow up in. 



 

The Vatican or any other political leader or human rights leaders of the world do not have any power over the wall that Donald Trump has decided to build or the fact that these migrants are stuck in their caravans. The most people can do is raise funds to send them aid that they are currently being denied. People need to live. They cannot be denied the most basic human rights. 



 

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