Congressmen ask Biden to demand justice for Jesuits murdered in Cerocahui, Chihuahua
Congressmen from the United States asked President Joe Biden to demand justice for the murder of two Mexican Jesuits in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, on June 20.
Through a letter, the group of 20 congressmen asked the US president work closely with the Mexican government to get it done justice and to implement policies with which put an end “to the crisis of violence that plagues the Mexican people”.
“Given the disturbing reality that perpetrators of violent crime in Mexico are rarely brought to justice, it is critical that your administration work closely with the Mexican government to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable. murders of Father Javier Campos, Father Joaquín Mora and Mr. (tour guide) Pedro Palma. As we write to you, the alleged murderer, José Noriel Portillo Gil, has not been arrested. This is highly alarming because Mr. Portillo is wanted for several other murders, including the murder of an American tourist in 2018,” reads the letter sent to Biden.
The congressmen pointed out that in In 2021, more than 33,300 homicides were registered in Mexico, a significant increase from the approximately 15,650 in 2014. They recalled that Mexico recently surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 disappearances, with more than 20,000 in the last two years. To address this rampant violence, lawmakers urged the Democratic Biden administration to deepen cooperation with the Mexican government and civil society groups to eradicate corruption, increase investigative capacity of Mexican law enforcement and strengthen the independence of prosecutors and judges in Mexico.
The congressmen also encouraged greater bilateral coordination with Mexico to address “rampant violence.”
“We also encourage you to decline the militarized approach of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to combat organized crime, which raises serious human rights concerns and fails to address the root cause of violence: the pervasive culture of impunity.”
“As we increase our efforts to address the crisis of violence afflicting our Mexican neighbors, we will honor the legacies of Fathers Campos and Mora and all who lost in this senseless bloodshed. Thank you for your attention to this important issue and for your continued commitment to restore peace and strengthen human rights in Mexico.”
The letter is signed by Democrats Jesús “Chuy” García, born in Durango (Mexico), Jim McGovern and Lou Correa, among others.
Here is the full letter: