Mexico City’s archdiocese brands Mexican firms collaborating with wall ‘traitors’

by WorldTribune Staff, March 27, 2017

Any Mexican company that assists in building U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall “should be considered traitors to the homeland,” the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on March 26.

In an editorial, Mexico’s largest archdiocese scolded companies who might seek to profit from the wall.

Demonstrators hold placards reading “No wall” during a protest in Mexico City on Feb. 12. /Reuters

“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese’s weekly publication.

The editorial also accused the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto of responding “tepidly” to those firms considering working on the project.

Mexican cement maker Cemex has said it is open to providing quotes to supply raw materials for the wall but will not take part in the bidding process to build it.

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, another company specializing in construction materials, has also signaled readiness to work on the project.

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo last week warned companies that it would not be in their “interests” to participate in building the wall.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centers on Mexico City and is presided over by the country’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.

The Desde la fe editorial, which was published online, said the wall would only feed prejudice and discrimination.

“In practice, signing up for a project that is a serious affront to dignity is shooting yourself in the foot,” it wrote.