Bishop Flores Reports ‘Success Stories’ in Decreased Migrant Numbers

Bishop Daniel Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, reported to Vatican News that the number of immigrants to the U.S. is decreasing in areas where neighborhoods are being rebuilt and revitalized. According to Bishop Flores, families would prefer to stay home, and only in extreme circumstances would an entire family or unaccompanied minor leave their country to seek something better. Bishop Flores has seen the improvement efforts Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and other non-governmental organizations are making to better the economy and security of neighborhoods in El Salvador and Guatemala. The process is slow, notes Bishop Flores, but it can be done. 

The Migration Policy Institute reports that there are approximately 2.1 million immigrants from El Salvador in the U.S., and the group is second highest among those entering the U.S. without authorization.