Organizing for immigration reform
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
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
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
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
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.
Advising Pope Francis on the challenges ahead
Unite our diverse church
With the church at a crossroads, Catholics look to Pope Francis for guidance. Former Vatican ambassador Miguel Díaz says the new pope must embrace the church’s diversity.
Dream deferred: An interview with Rep. Luis Gutierrez on immigration reform
A congressman would love to see immigration reform become the top priority for the U.S. Catholic Church’s social justice agenda.
Interviewing U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez, arguably the most vocal immigration reform advocate in the U.S. Congress, is a lively experience. As he pounds on the table, enacts and rehearses arguments, pulls out his credit cards to make a point, gesticulates, and at times yells loudly, Gutierrez’ passion for the cause of immigrants is on full display.
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