Troubled waters: A Catholic response to refugees

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Article Ethic of Life Immigration Social Justice
April proved to be an incredibly cruel month for economic and political refugees attempting to escape conflict and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa via desperate Mediterranean Sea crossings. In two separate but typical incidents, more than 1,300 people were feared dead. Overloaded and unseaworthy watercraft capsized as rescuers approached, trapping scores below decks and tossing other migrants into the frigid seas.
 

Undocumented failure: Why we must care for our immigrant brothers and sisters

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Article Ethic of Life Immigration Politics Social Justice
The father, in his rage and grief, told me that this country did not care about his son who lay dying.

Certain events in our lives get burned into our memories and become a part of us. Often these events happen at beginnings and endings: births and deaths. Perhaps because of the definitude of those moments, we recognize them as utterly important and crucial.


The crisis on the border and blame to spread around

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Article Immigration Politics Social Justice
The current wave of child migration really began on our side of the border.

Organizing for immigration reform

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Article Immigration Politics
Immigrants may seem like a powerless population, but community organizer Ana Garcia-Ashley believes that together they can be a force for positive change.

No dream too big

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration
Undaunted by the obstacles of life as an undocumented immigrant, Ana Aguayo has become a voice for the voiceless.

Shooting stars punctuated the night sky in July 1997 as Ana Claudia Aguayo, then 8 years old, walked with her family across the desert from Mexico to California. They crossed the border and headed east to join Ana’s three oldest brothers, who had already moved to Springdale, Arkansas. The Aguayos wished on the stars that night as sand slowed their feet, everyone nervously listening for the castanet of rattlesnakes.


Protecting migrant children requires compassion without borders

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Article Immigration Social Justice
Growing numbers of unaccompanied minors are risking their lives to escape their dangerous homelands. Will we offer them safe harbor?

How Catholic colleges can and should help DREAMers

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Social Justice Young Adults
One university president shares tips on how to welcome and support undocumented students.

My involvement with immigration reform started with one student on a bicycle in a snow storm. How else, I learned, could he get to school without a driver’s license, which was not an option for an undocumented student in Illinois in 2007? Neither was a campus job, though he was an honors student majoring in economics. He asked for my help, tentatively at first—not for himself, but for the dream of citizenship—and so it all began.


Welcoming the stranger: Immigrants deserve our support, not scrutiny

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Article Immigration
Philadelphia is not showing a great deal of brotherly love toward immigrants and their families. But people of faith are stepping forward to defend the rights of their hardworking brothers and sisters.

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Advising Pope Francis on the challenges ahead

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Environment Ethic of Life Faith and Science Immigration Marriage and Family Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Social Justice Spirituality Vatican War and Peace Women

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