US bishops mourn migrants suffocated in Texas tragedy

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and bishop of Austin, TX issues a statement on the death of 10 migrants that were discovered in an overheated tractor-trailer on July 22 by law enforcement in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot. The statement in part noted, “We condemn this terrible human exploitation that occurred and continues to happen in our country. In a moment such as this, we reflect upon the words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, ‘The defense of human beings knows no barriers: we are all united wanting to ensure a dignified life for every man, woman and child who is forced to abandon his or her own land.’”

For the entire statement, click here.