KBI in the news: The Progressive: “Bringing Border Enforcement Under the Rule of Law”
A case involving the wrongful death of migrant Anastasio Hernández Rojas in 2010 could potentially pave the way for changes. He was stunned with a taser and beaten by U.S. border agents before succumbing to his wounds. Now, his case is coming before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The tribunal notes that his story is part of a pattern of vicious and discriminatory treatment by CBP against migrants. We urge the tribunal to hold law enforcement accountable and to use this moment to create stronger systems of ensuring that migrants rights and safety are protected and honored.
The Jesuits community in Mexico reeled from the losses of Javier Campos Morales, S.J. and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, S.J. during an attack inside of a church in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, Mexico. These deaths hit home for our own community. The Missionaries of the Eucharist had a mission in the same location for many years. Hna Luz Elena served in the Tarahumara for 3 years. She returned for the funeral. We support the Society ofJ esus in condemning the violence, demanding justice and the recovery of their bodies.
We mourned 53 migrants who died tragically in a semi truck in Texas and dozens others who are currently being hospitalized. It was the worst human smuggling tragedy in recent U.S. history. As of June 30, families across Mexico and Central America were awaiting news from relatives who were migrating, worried for their safety. “They had dreams as a couple, they had goals, and here they wouldn’t fulfill them,” said one mother of her sons, speaking from her home in Honduras.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the Biden administration’s authority to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as Remain in Mexico or RMX), a cruel and inhumane policy initially implemented by the Trump administration that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims were adjudicated. The fight does not end here, nor does it mitigate the harm RMX has caused. President Biden must do everything in his power to end #RemainInMexico once and for all. Over 71,000 people have been harmed.