BREITBART — After calling the international migration crisis “the challenge of our age,” Pope Francis placed the responsibility to stem illegal immigration back on the shoulders of the Mexicans, telling them to make Mexico the sort of place where people want to stay and build a home with no need to look elsewhere for opportunity and happiness.
“I invite you today to be on the front line, to be first in all the initiatives which help make this blessed land of Mexico a land of opportunities,” he said.
The Pope said that Mexico should be a place “where there will be no need to emigrate in order to dream, no need to be exploited in order to work, no need to make the despair and poverty of many the opportunism of a few, a land that will not have to mourn men and women, young people and children who are destroyed at the hands of the dealers of death.”
There has been a strong push for the Pope to address the issue of immigration and the status of undocumented Mexicans in the United States. On the eve of the Pope’s visit to the border town of Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of people, including families of undocumented immigrants, met Monday at the town of Sunland Park, New Mexico, and appealed to the Pope to address the issue of immigration in his message Wednesday.