I feel compassion for poor people from crappy countries trying to sneak into the U.S. with the honorable goal of working and making a little money for their family. I have less compassion for rich weasels sneaking their money out of the U.S. with the crappy goal of hiding a lot of extra money from their ex-wives.
Several states have been struggling with the influx of immigrants. In some states and communities, refugees have been welcomed with open arms as they travel to reach relatives while waiting for their immigration or deportation hearings.
I am risking arrest because we in the faith community will not remain silent while millions of immigrants continue to live lives marked with fear and unrealized potential.
The skyline is dominated by smokestacks and maquiladoras. This is the tell-tale sign of a border community: bad air quality, high levels of poverty and a local population suffering from health disparities.
The unaccompanied children arriving on our Southwest border are not causing an immigration crisis for Americans. Politicians, as usual, are sensationalizing the facts for their own partisan agendas.
I recently interviewed Harry DeMell, an immigration lawyer since 1977 and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, about the current...
Action is needed. The president cannot simply stonewall and insist only on his $3.7 billion funding request. The House has put forward an actual plan to address the large numbers of unaccompanied minors. The Senate has moved toward fiscal reality.
Those advocating for denying entry to the Central American children cite the tremendous costs involved. And indeed, in our ongoing economic malaise, with deficits continuing to mount and prospects brightening little for America's own youth, how can the diversion of such enormous resources be justified?
There's only one voice that comes to mind, for me, when the immigration argument devolves into a slurry. For those who have not seen them firsthand beneath the Statue of Liberty, these are the words of Emma Lazarus.
The lesson that Carter and his staff apparently never learned was the importance of a President knowing and hearing directly from his most knowledgeable appointees and making sure they know and understand from him how and why he is reaching his decisions.
U.S. intervention in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala may seem like a hazy memory now, but these countries used to feature prominently in our headlines.
This is the story of a child, refugee, and immigrant now cataloged as a humanitarian emergency who, in debilitating languor, waits for the good will of an American government to save him.
I beg the American leadership, the American people, to reconsider their position and to hearken back to those words on the Statue of Liberty, for if we do not, then we might just as well take down that beacon of freedom and store it away someplace very dark where it will never be seen again.
Don't let your elected officials succumb to the pressure of a few hypocrites/bigots with loud microphones. Hear these immigrants out the same way that this nation's Indigenous people heard this nation's white ancestors out. That's what the Wilberforce Act requires.
Ironically, wasting billions on a fence to protect us from people we employ in not only ludicrous, it makes a mockery of economic data.
All children need to be welcomed as Jesus welcomed them. When children face such terrible circumstances that they are willing to risk their lives and leave their families and communities, our hearts must break.