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New ICE Policy Allows Detention Alternatives
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a new guidance for its officials when detaining non-criminal undocumented parents with minor children. On Friday, Im ...

Immigration Reform — Working With Our Neighbors
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Since our entire approach to the community is based on building strong, personal connections and relationships across and beyond the typical barriers of income, gender, race, and religion, we’ve become very aw ...

Immigration Profile: Is There Room for Redemption?
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It sounds like Tony is the poster child for the kind of person who should be deported: two felony convictions and possession of a gun. But you haven’t heard the whole story. Five ...

Crisis on the Canadian Border
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Harsh crackdowns on immigrant communities by law enforcement instill fear and breed distrust, preventing members of those communities from seeking help in moments of crisis and reporting legitimate offenses or ...

BREAKING: ICE Arrests 3,100
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

This just in from the Associated Press: "The Obama administration said Monday it arrested more than 3,100 immigrants who were illegally in the country and who were convicted of serious crimes or othe ...

Refugee Finds His Own Church ‘Sanctuary’
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Global positioning satellites track every move Saul Timisela makes while he seeks refuge in a church, claiming the centuries-old right of sanctuary from the reach of secular authority — in his case, the federa ...

Misguided Encouragement Leads to Deportation of Indonesian Immigrant
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

The day before the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale was supposed to meet with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, a tragedy occurred — one more Indonesian immigrant from his congregation was deported ...

Pastor Who Granted Sanctuary to Meet with ICE Officials
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

A New Jersey pastor who granted sanctuary to an Indonesian immigrant in his church is scheduled to meet with an ICE public advocate next week to address the situation but said he remains skeptical given the wo ...

Refugee Defies Deportation, Seeks Sanctuary at Church
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — Saul Timisela was ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark early on the morning of March 1 to be deported. Instead, the Indonesian Christian took sanctuary ...

D.C. says no to ICE
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The District of Columbia has no voting representation in Congress, and our city government hasn't always been the best. But yesterday, D.C. The District of Columbia has no v ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Parole Board Denies Davis' Plea for Clemency
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Associated Press is reporting that the Georgia state parole and pardons board has denied death row inmate Troy Davis' last-ditch plea for clemency. Davis' execution is scheduled for tomorrow. ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...

Walmart's New Urban Strategy Comes With a Lousy Track Record
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Walmart has launched a charm offensive as part of its new urban strategy to impose smaller versions of its big box in inner cities across the country. It has proposed four stores for Washington, D.C. ...

Friday Links Round Up: Swampy Monster. Jane Austen. John Mayer.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Our prayers extend to the people of Norway. Lord, have mercy. http://creativecommons ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. New ...

A Song and Reflection on Immigration and the Border Town
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/16/a-song-and-reflection-on-immigration-and-the-border-town/" target="_self"></a> I was recent ...

Raising Up Voices for Indigenous Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

During my travels connecting with communities as part of an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310292891?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wwwbeckygarri-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;crea ...

Undocumented and Unafraid: The Immigrant Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/04/12/undocumented-and-unafraid-the-immigrant-rights-movement/" target="_self"></a>The immigrant rights movement is getting extreme. ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

What Would Jesus Cut? Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/28/what-would-jesus-cut-who-would-jesus-bomb/" target="_blank"></a>Growing up in the Bible belt in east Tennessee, I can remember ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter. On Ma ...

Tahrir Square: The Many Little Revolutions
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/15/tahrir-square-the-many-little-revolutions/" target="_self"></a>Last week, I received this photo of Maggie, an Egyptian Christia ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania. I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and ...

My Undocumented Life: Full of Magic and Meaning
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

My grandfather taught me that "There is magic and meaning in every moment." [ Editors' Note: Below is a personal reflection by an undocumented student living ...

My Hardest Working Students are Undocumented
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am greatly saddened and angered by Congress' failure to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a> before Christmas last year. ...

Deportation is Not a Family Value
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama has often been praised for his consistent support of families. President Obama has often been praised for his consistent support of families. He has been touted as ...

Clergy and Students Pray Together for the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Interfaith leaders and graduating high school students from across the United States joined hands to pray in the Hart Senate Office Building yesterday at the end of a <a href="http://www.christianp ...

Jon Stewart, the End Times, and the Season of Advent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last October, at the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/01/jon-stewarts-misguided-rally-to-restore-sanity/" target="_blank">Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear</a>, <a hre ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

How Can a 'Peace and Justice' Community Support the DREAM Act?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We've been asked by more than one of our readers and supporters about how we can <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">support the DREAM Act</a> and ...

Undocumented Young People Need the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday, December 1 marked the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Bus_Boycott" target="_blank">Montgomery bus boycott< ...

What Does God Think of Economic Equality?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In American evangelical circles, there's an idea that goes something like this: progressive taxation = socialism, and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/socialism/" target="_blank"&g ...

For the DREAMers, The Waiting Must End Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/advent/" target="_blank">season of Advent</a>, we in our Christian churches speak often about how this is a time of waiting and prepara ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This Advent season, "waiting" has new meaning for hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/undocumented/" target="_blank">undocumented immigrant students&l ...

Undocumented Farmworkers Need Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/food-and-faith/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, ...

Xenophobia 101
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"We need immigration reform "We need immigration reform Perhaps we should also have Perhaps we should also have advocates encourage politicians ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I think the elections turned on misinformation, anger, and fear. I am not happy with the results of the 2010 elections. I th ...

Prison and Profits: The Politics of AZ's SB1070 Bill Revealed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What's behind <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">Arizona's SB1070 law</a> besides politics? Money, of course.</p> ...

Don't Deport My Neighbor!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Are you feeling dismayed that comprehensive immigration reform will not be a victory this year? I am with you in those feelings of frustration. Are you feeling dismayed that compr ...

Who is My Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

At the conclusion of my blog post which asked, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/27/what-constitutes-sacred-space-at-ground-zero" target="_blank">What Constitutes Sacred Space at ...