Borderline Christianity

By Moises Sandoval| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration

During Mass each Wednesday at Casa Juan Diego in Houston, immigrants speak of not eating for days, having nothing to drink for a week, seeing people die of thirst or because they drank irrigation water with chemicals in it.


Huddled masses: The history of our immigrant church

By Moises Sandoval| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration

One night in 1967, Marcelino Ramos entered the United States illegally in the trunk of a car. Crammed with him as the smuggler's car crossed the border without incident from Tijuana, Mexico were his wife, María, his 7-year-old son, Humberto, and his 5-year-old daughter, Rosa. It is the heat that Humberto, now the assistant director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, most remembers.

"I always tell people that I am a wetback, not from swimming the river but because I was wet with sweat."


Be our guest?

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
The U.S. should be a good host and protect the migrant workers who knock on our door.

 

In the colonial period the destitute and desperate escaping the poverty of European backwaters made their way to America as indentured servants, signing away the only commodity they had to offer: themselves. Frequently used up to the end of human endurance by their "employers," these earliest members of America's working class experienced a dehumanization that was only exceeded by the treatment of Africans brought over as slaves.


Be our guest?

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
The U.S. should be a good host and protect the migrant workers who knock on our door.

 

In the colonial period the destitute and desperate escaping the poverty of European backwaters made their way to America as indentured servants, signing away the only commodity they had to offer: themselves. Frequently used up to the end of human endurance by their "employers," these earliest members of America's working class experienced a dehumanization that was only exceeded by the treatment of Africans brought over as slaves.


How quickly we forget

By Brett C. Hoover| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
We owe it to today's immigrants to be honest about the difficulties and prejudices against the huddled masses who came before them.

On my father's side, my great-great grandparents came to this country from Germany sometime in the middle of the 19th century. What their Catholic immigrant lives were like, I could not say. Their stories lie too far back in the generations, lost in the mist of history.


How quickly we forget

By Brett C. Hoover| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
We owe it to today's immigrants to be honest about the difficulties and prejudices against the huddled masses who came before them.

On my father's side, my great-great grandparents came to this country from Germany sometime in the middle of the 19th century. What their Catholic immigrant lives were like, I could not say. Their stories lie too far back in the generations, lost in the mist of history.


Ni aquí nor there

By Agustin Gurza| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life
They're not immigrants, but they don't feel fully "American" either: U.S.-born Latinos are struggling to find their place in the U.S. Catholic Church.

These American lives

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration

She is fighting to regain her composure and she is losing. Her narrative halts in midsentence, stalled in a sob, and Lourdes Solorzano's previously calm, confident face disintegrates into a portrait of plain heartache. Her red T-shirt is rhinestoned with the American flag, and she raises it over her mouth in an awkward, embarrassed effort to hide her pain.


These American lives

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration

She is fighting to regain her composure and she is losing. Her narrative halts in midsentence, stalled in a sob, and Lourdes Solorzano's previously calm, confident face disintegrates into a portrait of plain heartache. Her red T-shirt is rhinestoned with the American flag, and she raises it over her mouth in an awkward, embarrassed effort to hide her pain.


Catholics without borders

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
In the midst of a heated debate on immigration and a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, Bishop Jaime Soto lays out the church's agenda.

Although born in Los Angeles, Bishop Jaime Soto has been stopped several times at airport security. During one such occasion the officer did not want to believe that he was a bishop until he opened his briefcase. He was carrying a Bible and a bottle of whiskey.


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