Guatemala’s bishops have criticised continued deportations during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the practice has “no sense of humanity” during a health crisis.
In a strongly worded statement, the bishops called on the United States and Mexico to stop deportations, which ‘strike us in the context of national precariousness in terms of health services and strategies to contain the pandemic.’
They also condemned a lack of solidarity and stigmatisation at home toward those being returned.
‘How is it possible that all the United States is throwing out all of these citizens, who have worked honourably in favour of the US economy, even though their status wasn’t considered ‘legal’,’ the bishops said in the statement.
‘Are they no longer useful to US society, particularly if they have contracted coronavirus? If the governments of the United States and Mexico have always presented themselves as champions of the defence of human rights, why do they now demonstrate the opposite?’ the statement continued.
‘The example of both governments to the world is one of not having the most minimum sense of humanity.’
Deportations of migrants to Central America has continued during the Covid-19 crisis, even though the countries to which the migrants are being sent have otherwise closed their borders and imposed quarantines.
Picture: Guatemalans deported from the US board a bus outside La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on 19th March 2020. Guatemala’s bishops have criticised continued deportations during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the practice has ‘no sense of humanity’ during a health crisis. (CNS photo/Fabricio Alonso, Reuters).