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Sadness and Hope in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Debates about immigration policies and reform continue to rage. Consequently, op-ed pieces, books, and reports on this contentious topic appear daily. Debates about immigration po ...

My 'Daniel Fast'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray. Sometimes things get so bad that you real ...

The Injustice of an 800 Mile Wall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in San Diego, California, only a few hundred yards from the actual borderline. As a kid, there were always border patrols around but I never felt like my bir ...

Can I Get A Witness (for Immigration Reform)?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530323111_4Ljmo"></a>Some in Washington would have us believe that immigrat ...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

After one tumultuous year in office, President Barack Obama used his first <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-state-union-address">State of the Union address& ...

Saying Good-Bye to the Pause After the Hyphen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My husband asked me that question last night: "Do you think you'll feel different after you become a citizen?"</p> My husband asked me that question last nigh ...

Seeking Justice for Haiti's Oppressed, Orphans, and Widows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17</p> "Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead fo ...

Can Compassion for Haitians Extend to Other Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred many Americans to action -- through donations, public service, humanitarian aid, etc. While the recent crisis in Haiti has spurred man ...

Immigration: Drama and First Drafts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. "Why do you have to be so dramatic?" I thought as I rolled my eyes. The speaker was tellin ...

Haiti: TPS and the Coming Negativity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

My friends and I worried about the negativity that would emerge when the Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals, allowing them to remain in th ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Trail of Dreams: Undocumented Students March from Miami to DC
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While many college students slept off their New Year's festivities, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/us/02immig.html">Gaby Pacheco, Juan Rodriguez, Felipe Matos, and Carlos Roa&l ...

Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year ...

Cold Hands, Expectant Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

There is an old saying that can be quite appropriate at this time of the year: Cold hands, warm heart. There is an old saying that can be quite appropriate at this time of the yea ...

From 'Strangers at Our Gates' to Brothers and Sisters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Just say it: Feliz Just say it: Feliz Interesting article. When I Interesting article. When I saw the title of this, I thought of Mel White's book, "Stranger at ...

To Love God is to Love Our Immigrant Neighbors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>"We believe the scriptures are God's revelat ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

Congressman Luis Gutierrez Introduces a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The room was hot and stifling and overcrowded, but the excitement was palpable as people gathered to witness the introduction of a new comprehensive immigration reform bill. I barely managed to squeez ...

The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life. This Advent, the Church's cry of deep lon ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

Christmas Toy Drives Bring Protests of Anti-Immigrant Discrimination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last week we received word from Houston, Texas, that some charitable organizations would screen out the children of undocumented residents of the city when it comes time to distribute toys and othe ...

Death on the Border: Who's the Criminal Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As a community of faith and conscience in Southern Arizona, we have seen more than a decade of deadly border enforcement, free trade, and immigration policies destroying habitat and home for many. ...

This Thanksgiving Remember the Immigrant, Pilgrim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>As I take time to reflect on what I am truly thankful ...

'Breaking Bread and Barriers': Storytelling Connects Personal Immigration Experiences with Scripture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigration reform:</p> Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigra ...

New Momentum for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530318112_8RY3u"></a>Last week, Janet Napolitano delivered <a href=" ...

Month of Protests Reveals Grocer's True Colors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<script type="text/javascript"></script><p> Young and old, large and small, farmers and pastors, men and women all lined the streets in front of Publix grocery stores in Florida las ...

What Happens When a Wheaton Grad Runs for Congress as a Democrat
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, as a group of religiously-committed pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives found themselves at odds with the majority of their party over an abortion-related amendment in ...

Conservative Evangelicals and Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I sat and listened attentively as a series of American religious leaders explained to several members of a <a href="http://www.faithandimmigration.org/blog/faith-leaders-testify-se ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

The Plank in Australia's Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" read the bumper sticker I saw this morning, written within the outline of the Australian continent. "F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" r ...

National Association of Evangelicals Provides Moral Model on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct. 8 ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

Audio: Remember Your Immigrant Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In this short clip from a recent sermon, Pastor Efrem encourages European Americans to remember their own immigrant heritage and history in order to inform their current attitudes toward immigratio ...

'You Shall Not Oppress an Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>These remarks were presented on October 13, 2009 at a press conference in Aurora, CO urging Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) to take a public stand in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. ...

Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html">contributed</a> much to the ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

Stopping Anti-Immigrant Violence at its Ideological Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

November 8, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero's brutal murder at the hands of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat ...

'Loving Thy Neighbor': People of Faith Speak Out against Unjust Immigration Laws
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A recent Center for American Progress report, <a title="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html" href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_t ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular <a href="http:// ...

A Choice for Catholic Bishops: Confrontation or Engagement?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the dangers posed by some U.S. Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the danger ...

Human Trafficking and the Average Joe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>So a friend of mine, Shelton Green, has started an organization to help fight human trafficking -- <a href="http://whatsyourresponse.com/" target="_blank">What's Your Re ...

Three Reasons Latina/os Should Not Boycott the U.S. Census
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a Latina sociologist and an activist-in-training who has spent substantial time with scholars and activists studying U.S. Latina/o communities from both professional and personal viewpoints. ...

A More Noble Way
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. —Barbara Johnson ...

The Truth about Immigrants and Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-against-healthcare-reform/" href="../2009/08/10/who-lit-the-fire-under-the-right-wing-populists-ag ...

My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Regular readers will know that in the past year, I embarked on a genuinely life-altering journey. I emigrated to the United States, got married, and now make my home in North Carolina. ...

'Jose Illegal' is a Lie
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's an e-mail to make your blood boil.</p> It's an e-mail to make your blood boil. A recent e-mail forward contrasts the lives and lifestyles of hypothetical ...