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  • PODCAST: Crossing Borders for Justice Delegation | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Comment in Central America Immigration Podcast Voices for Justice by ISN Staff Facebook 89 Google 1 Linkedin 6 Twitter 96 Our latest ISN Podcast looks at Crossing Borders for Justice a new delegation designed to explore the reality of migrants who journey from El Salvador to the United States Taking place from June 26 July 6 2016 the joint effort between CRISPAZ Christians for Peace in El Salvador and Kino Border Initiative KBI will include six days of visiting with advocacy groups and community members in El Salvador followed by a four day visit to the U S Mexico border to explore the migrant experience there Joanna Williams of Kino Border Initiative Francisco Mena of CRISPAZ Joining ISN executive director Christopher Kerr in conversation were Francisco Mena director of CRISPAZ and Joanna Williams Director of Education and Advocacy at KBI They discussed the historical and current social realities that gave birth to this new delegation as well as the work of their respective organizations in accompanying migrants Download this flyer to learn more about the delegation https s3 amazonaws com isnpodcasts delegates2 mp3 Facebook 89 Google 1 Linkedin 6 Twitter 96 Tags crispaz Kino Border Initiative http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 02 Screen Shot 2016 02 24 at 4 12 34 PM png 429 471 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 02 24 16 13 53 2016 02 24 16 15 35 ISN PODCAST Crossing Borders for Justice Delegation You might also like Supreme Inhumanity Arizona Immigration Decision Kino Border Initiative to Be Recognized for Commitment to Human Dignity with Award in Honor of Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador ISN joins Jesuit Organizations in Supporting the Protecting Family Values at the Border Act New Study Sheds Light on Mistreatment of Migrants Crossing the US Mexico Border Who will hold the U S accountable for a rush to deport the most vulnerable U S Jesuits Join Catholic Bishops in Welcoming Obama Administration s Plan to Provide Immigration Relief Ignorance is Bliss La Iniciativa Kino para la Frontera Recibirá Un Reconocimiento por su compromiso de respeto a la dignidad humana a través del premio En Honor a Los Mártires Jesuitas de El Salvador 1 reply Trackbacks Pingbacks Immigration in the News Kino Border Initiative says March 6 2016 at 1 29 pm From the Ignatian Solidarity Network 2 24 16 a podcast about the border and social justice featuring KBI Director of Education and Advocacy Joanna Williams http ignatiansolidarity net blog 2016 02 24 podcast the first crossing borders for justice delegat 8230 Reply Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion Feel free to contribute Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First Name Issue Interests Environmental Justice Fair Trade Immigration Domestic Poverty Worker Rights Human Rights in Latin America From the ISN Blogs Nicaragua The Irony

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  • Pope Francis: Homily for Mass at U.S.-Mexico Border | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    in every heart God s mercy is our shield and our strength Jonah helped them to see helped them to become aware Following this his call found men and women able to repent and able to weep To weep over injustice to cry over corruption to cry over oppression These are tears that lead to transformation that soften the heart they are the tears that purify our gaze and enable us to see the cycle of sin into which very often we have sunk They are tears that can sensitize our gaze and our attitude hardened and especially dormant in the face of another s suffering They are the tears that can break us capable of opening us to conversion This is what happened to Peter after having denied Jesus he cried and those tears opened his heart This word echoes forcefully today among us this word is the voice crying out in the wilderness inviting us to conversion In this Year of Mercy with you here I beg for God s mercy with you I wish to plead for the gift of tears the gift of conversion Here in Ciudad Juárez as in other border areas there are thousands of immigrants from Central America and other countries not forgetting the many Mexicans who also seek to pass over to the other side Each step a journey laden with grave injustices the enslaved the imprisoned and extorted so many of these brothers and sisters of ours are the consequence of a trade in human trafficking the trafficking of persons We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis which in recent years has meant migration for thousands of people whether by train or highway or on foot crossing hundreds of kilometres through mountains deserts and inhospitable zones The human tragedy that is forced migration is a global phenomenon today This crisis which can be measured in numbers and statistics we want instead to measure with names stories families They are the brothers and sisters of those expelled by poverty and violence by drug trafficking and criminal organizations Being faced with so many legal vacuums they get caught up in a web that ensnares and always destroys the poorest Not only do they suffer poverty but they must also endure all these forms of violence Injustice is radicalized in the young they are cannon fodder persecuted and threatened when they try to flee the spiral of violence and the hell of drugs And what can we say about the many women whose lives have been unjustly robbed Pope Francis Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion Pope2Border Click to tweet Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion the gift of tears let us ask him to give us open hearts like the Ninevites open to his call heard in the suffering faces of countless men and women No more death No more exploitation There is always time to change always a way out and always an

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  • Finding Faith Again in Immokalee | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    was old enough to think about what it really meant When I saw religion being used as a vehicle of intolerance in my childhood parish the confusion started The Jesus that I thought I knew loved the ones no one else did ate with the hated and spoke for the voiceless I longed for a church experience that was able to look past dogmas and see the root of my Christianity love for one another Where were the martyrs of El Salvador Where were the Dorothy Days I hadn t found them amongst me yet That was until I traveled to a small farmworker community in the heart of Florida As I spoke to community organizers immigrants farmworkers and children that week I saw in them a faith put into action that I had been looking for in the Catholicism that once seemed so lonely As I was surrounded by the faces I met that week that day in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church I felt more comfortable in a parish that I had known for an hour than one I had known my whole life I had never felt so overwhelmingly at peace I thank the people of Immokalee most of whom are undocumented for giving me my faith back Suffice it to say that gift of spiritual conviction is one that I will never be able to repay which is why so much of my heart has stayed in the small Floridian town My devotion to human comprehensive immigration reform developed while there which is why our nation s tendency to reduce the very human issue of migration to cold statistics is disturbing to me Although immigration reform injustices are not limited to Mexico and Central America Pope Francis will be calling a part of the world to our attention that desperately needs careful humane global attention Luckily when the Pope speaks people listen I hope that Pope Francis s visit to the Mexican border will shift our consciousness from a need to build walls to one that longs to build bridges I hope that dialogue regarding immigration reform strays from hate and settles with understanding Although I do not expect every person in America to have a sudden change of heart I am positive that Francis s visit to the border has the potential to create immense change I have faith in our nation like the people of Immokalee had in me As a nation of immigrants it s time to embrace our culturally rich past present and future If anyone can help us Papa Francesco can Facebook 29 Google 1 Linkedin 6 Twitter 36 Tags Central America Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers Immokalee pope2border http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 02 3370498969 74c5a26789 z jpg 375 500 Mary Frances McGowan http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Mary Frances McGowan 2016 02 16 12 13 10 2016 02 16 14 06 19 Finding Faith Again in Immokalee You might

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  • Advocating for Humane Migration When the Answer from Some is No to Refugees, Immigration Reform & DACA
    of the House Representative Paul Ryan has declared immigration reform dead And just last week a Federal District Court ruled against the Obama administration in a case that could limit the President s ability to expand deferred action programs to additional undocumented individuals What does all this mean for advocates calling for just human migration policies Shaina Aber Policy Director of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States offers her expert analysis as we head into the end of 2015 This interview was recorded via telephone on Monday November 18 2015 Shaina joined us from the Jesuit Conference offices in Washington D C https s3 amazonaws com isnpodcasts Shaina mixdown3 mp3 Facebook 24 Google 1 Linkedin 3 Twitter 28 Tags DACA DAPA Immigration refugees Syria http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 11 334464741 e949666ac2 z jpg 424 640 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2015 11 17 17 29 39 2015 11 19 14 45 34 When Some Say No Advocating for Immigration Reform Amid New Challenges You might also like Loyola University Chicago Living up to our Ideal of a Faith that Does Justice Jesuit Institutions Make Fall Call for Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform Jesuit Sponsored Study Finds Rampant Migrant Abuse Family Separation During Deportations at U S Mexico Border PrayforPeace Syria Jesuit University Presidents Join in Ash Wednesday Fast for Immigration Reform As the House Returns Immigration Policy Update 300 Faith Groups Urge President and Congress to Protect Central American Children and Families Jesuit Conference USA President Calls Safeguards to Protect Migrant Lives 0 replies Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion Feel free to contribute Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment

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  • Jesuit Parish in San Antonio Responds to Needs of Detainees Released from Immigration Detention Centers
    and connect them to any other help they might need But an increase in the number of detainees released would stretch their existing resources too far so the IWC contacted Catholic Charities and who in turn contacted Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Why The parish has traditionally had a very close relationship with the Guadalupe Community Center in part because of their close proximity and because of the long standing presence of Jesuit Volunteers working at the Center Working together with other agencies and existing organizations Fr Brian Christopher S J and parish staff and volunteers began trying to find places that could host released detainees for a few nights Two parishioners who run non profit organizations offered an empty house normally used for volunteers They also introduced Fr Christopher to San Antonio district council woman Shirley Gonzalez who responded immediately by calling the hotel association to see if they would be willing to accommodate any of the families Lee Thielen the parish business manager also called all the local parishes to find a parish hall and cots that could be used in case the influx of detainees Thankfully we did not need all those beds that first night This bought us time to mobilize other resources said Fr Christopher The hope of the partners is to create a network of resources that can be utilized as needed to respond to the needs of the men women and children being released Our Lady of Guadalupe has been actively organizing to provide support to Catholic Charities and the IWC On Sunday September 6 the parish will host a volunteer registration drive to help find people willing to sit in the bus station and welcome the released detainees as they walk in drivers who can transport them to their accommodations and then back to the bus station to catch their bus and volunteers who can be present in the various shelters and parish halls to assist the detainees and help them feel comfortable The parish is also collecting toiletries and other items to assemble Courage Kits small care packages to provide these women and children many of whom show up at the bus terminal with nothing with the bare necessities to hold them over until they reach their destinations The parish has also opened up space opened house any released detainees needing temporary housing So far only two young men have stayed with us in our guest apartment above the garage but we re ready for more as the need arises said Fr Christopher The other critical role that the parish has been able to play in the relief efforts is linking Catholic Charities to the larger efforts of the Central and Southern Province and the Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility JCIR to hold ICE and the companies that run the detention centers accountable on human rights concerns As Fr Christopher said it would be such a blessing to our efforts to accommodate the refugees if we knew how many were going

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  • US Bishops on Pope at Border: See Our Brothers and Sisters as Fellow Pilgrims | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Jesus are greater than what may divide us said Archbishop Kurtz He is asking us to see our brothers and sisters north and south as fellow pilgrims journeying toward Christ The full message follows A Message to Catholic Faithful of Mexico and the United States Celebrating the Visit of Pope Francis Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz of Louisville President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops On the joyous occasion of the Holy Father s Apostolic Visit to our neighboring Church I extend my prayerful best wishes to the bishops of Mexico and all the faithful Pope Francis own example of missionary discipleship in this season of Lent and Year of Mercy inspires the whole Church in America When Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Juarez Mexico I will be together with hundreds of Americans gathered along the levee in El Paso Thousands more will be watching around the United States It will be a grace filled moment to pray as one Church The world is so often divided by culture economic situation politics and fences The Pope s message is that our faith prayer and love for Jesus are greater than what may divide us He is asking us to see our brothers and sisters north and south as fellow pilgrims journeying toward Christ We will recall this profound unity and sense of solidarity in a special way when the Pope comes to the border to pray for those who have perished there Each of our local churches brings a valuable cultural heritage Pope Francis has described these as resources meant to be shared The visit is another opportunity for us to learn from and share in this diversity while being reminded we are one Church in America whether from north south or central Our faith brings us together in the one body of Christ under the maternal care of Our Lady of Guadalupe To my fellow Catholics in the United States let us unite in prayer with our sisters and brothers in Mexico especially those most in need of mercy and hope those suffering most in poverty and fear and celebrate the great blessing of the Holy Father s journey to their great nation Facebook 15 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 15 Tags Immigration Mexico Pope Francis USCCB http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2016 02 24422954003 1e812487e5 z jpg 427 640 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 02 16 16 02 27 2016 02 16 16 04 24 US Bishops on Pope at Border See Our Brothers and Sisters as Fellow Pilgrims You might also like En Nuestro País Strained Hope in a Broken System Jesuit Institutions Show Support for Undocumented Students on National Coming Out Day Archbishop Wenski Welcomes New Carbon Pollution Standards Citing Need To Care For God s Creation USCCB Immigration Advocacy on May 29th What is driving people from Central America Pope Francis Pope Francis Romero s Beatification is a Cause for

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  • ACTION ALERT: Stand with Central American Asylum Seekers Facing Raids | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Twitter 10 We must not be taken aback by their numbers but rather view them as persons seeing their faces and listening to their stories trying to respond as best we can to their situation Pope Francis On December 23 2015 as Christians prepared to celebrate the birth of Christ the child of refugee parents who sought safety in a stable the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to enact raids in communities across the U S to deport Central American children and adult asylum seekers These families sought refuge from horrific violence and poverty facing El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras Those being targeted entered the United States seeking asylum and have had a final order of removal since January 1 2014 including children and families who lost their asylum cases because they were unable to find adequate legal counsel as well as individuals who were given deportation orders in absentia or through rocket dockets that are meant to expedite trials but in reality deny due process The New York Times reported yesterday that 121 people have already been apprehended and will soon be deported Sadly at the same time the news from Central America continues to be grave in El Salvador homicides increased 70 in 2015 Earlier this week the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States released a statement calling for the end of these raids and ISN and Jesuit Refugee Service USA joined other NGO s calling for protection of asylum seekers Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network and Jesuit Conference send a message to the Obama Administration end the use of raids allow asylum seekers due process and use U S influence to promote human rights in Central America As the celebration of the Christmas season comes to an end thank you for carrying on the spirit of this holy season by standing with refugees and asylum seekers Facebook 2 Google 0 Linkedin 8 Twitter 10 Tags asylum Central America Immigration http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2014 02 takeactionyellow jpg 250 250 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2016 01 06 09 48 02 2016 01 06 09 48 26 ACTION ALERT Stand with Central American Asylum Seekers Facing Raids You might also like ISN joins Jesuit Organizations in Supporting the Protecting Family Values at the Border Act Jesuit Conference USA President Calls Safeguards to Protect Migrant Lives Loyola University Chicago Living up to our Ideal of a Faith that Does Justice Undocumented Youth Movement Illustrated in Documentary by Loyola Marymount Graduate ACTION ALERT Preserve the Rights of Unaccompanied Children Seeking Safety Within Our Borders IMMIGRATION ACTION ALERT Tell Congress to Protect Migrant Families 1 27 14 Jesuit University Students Advocate for Humane Immigration Reform Converge on Capitol Hill Boston College Develops Immigrant Rights Language Skill Toolkit Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First Name Issue Interests Environmental Justice Fair Trade Immigration Domestic Poverty Worker Rights Human Rights in Latin America From the

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  • ACTION ALERT: President Obama End Family Detention
    today at 1 855 589 5698 and give this message Please do not appeal the July 24 th federal district court ruling to release families in detention and please end the government s practice of family detention of immigrants BACKGROUND On July 24 2015 Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California ruled that current U S family detention policies violate a 1997 legal settlement known as the Flores Settlement The Flores Settlement set the standards to be used by the U S government regarding the detention release and treatment of all children in immigration detention To comply with Judge Gee s order the government must reverse the family detention policies and dismantle the facilities it instituted last year and release from detention accompanied children together with their parents In a USCCB statement released on July 27 2015 Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle chairman of the USCCB s Committee on Migration welcomed the ruling and urged the administration to comply with expeditiously and not appeal the decision Moreover Bishop Elizondo said Hopefully the court s decision will end the suffering and further traumatization of these families The detention of families is unnecessary inhumane and unworthy of our nation Facebook 19 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Twitter 20 Tags Immigration President Obama http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2014 02 takeactionyellow jpg 250 250 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2015 08 05 10 55 01 2015 08 06 10 11 06 ACTION ALERT President Obama End Family Detention You might also like Jesuit University Presidents join Catholic Higher Ed Call for Immigration Reform Hurricane Katrina Homeowners and Immigrant Workers Speak Out for Fair and Compassionate Immigration Reform Attitude Reflects One s Beliefs Political Polarization and the Dignity of Man

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