We call on the administration and Congress to enact a humane, efficient, consistent, and just system that will uphold the dignity of all. We urge policymakers to follow the example of people of faith and faith-based organizations that have consistently welcomed and supported those arriving at the border by putting into place the below recommendations.Articles, migration, portal
“Our nation has had a long and proud history of providing humane treatment to and due process for asylum seekers. I urge us to reject policies and proposals that would abandon this tradition, and I ask our government to remember that those fleeing to our border are not the “other” but fellow children of God.”
Last month, the Bishop of El Paso, TX, Mark Seitz, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on the experiences and recommendations of the church regarding US/Mexico border policy.border, migration
Before interning with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) in early 2018, I saw the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or, DACA) program through different eyes. I blinded myself to the realities Dreamers face, buying into the rhetoric that paints DACA as a way to protect lawbreakers. Looking back, I am ashamed.migration, Articles
On Friday, February 15th, the President declared a national state of emergency.
What is the national emergency?
At the heart of the Columban mission is cross-cultural exchange, the belief that God speaks to us through the experiences of others, particularly those who are marginalized or living in poverty, and that we should open our hearts to learn from those experiences. As St. Columban puts it: “a life unlike your own can be your teacher.”
Welcome to 2019! We look forward to working with you this year to advocate for a healthy environment, protections for migrants, sustainable livelihoods for all, and peace around the world.
image: mural at Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, TX of Our Lady of Guadalupe offering relief to migrants
by Scott Wright
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you. (Zechariah 2: 14-17)
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