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In McAllen, Texas, Faith Groups Responded, while Washington Dithered
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unacco ...

What Are You Most Proud Of?
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

If I am sent back to Mexico — a land I no longer know anything about, who will be there to support my family? My sons, Issac and Felipe are my pride and joy. My wife and I go to c ...

Detained Journalist, Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Has Been Released
Originally Posted: 07/15/2014 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained by border patrol at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas after having visited the border town‘s shelter for unaccompanied Centra ...

Defining Identity: Person of Color. Woman. Poor. Fatherless. Undocumented.
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

In the midst of these experiences, I had to define the core of my identity. I am a person of color. I am a woman. I am poor. I am fatherless. I am an undocumented immigrant. Indeed, it has been excruciating se ...

This Will Change How You See Immigration
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

The people we meet change our lives. Through hearing the stories and learning about the lives of others, we are transformed. And, it is for exactly those reasons that I hope you’ll watch this short trailer and ...

Immigration Activists Arrested in Civil Disobedience Outside White House
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

This President’s Day, about 20 church leaders, sympathizers, and undocumented immigrants were arrested in front of the White House as part of an act of civil disobedience to protest the nearly 2 million people ...

Heartbreak and Hope in Miami
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The film "Documented" never flinches from the raw story of Jose Antonio Vargas' coming out as an undocumented immigrant after winning the Pulitzer Prize. Last week ...

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Business leaders, law enforcement officials, and evangelical Christians—key constituencies that are typically part of the Republican base—have been at the forefront of immigration reform. ...

Immigration Reform 2013: Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Allowed To Work And Bear Their Responsibility At Balance
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Press

October 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Michelle McErlain ...

5 Reasons Christians Need to Stop Using the Term 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Regardless of where we fall on the issue of immigration reform, we should be willing to adjust our language so that we do not speak falsely against our neighbors, so that we do not use language that is divisiv ...

Jesus Resurrected and 'The Undocumented'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Our search for the resurrected one, the one who has come to give us life, has everything to do with the dead. At the  Full Frame Film Festival  in Durham last week, I saw Marco ...

Immigrants Just Won't Go Away
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

When the history of this turbulent age is written, I wonder what they will say about our leaders and us. Will they say that we tried to turn back the clock, to bar the door, to make suspect anyone who was not ...

Immigration Leaders Gather to Discuss Need for Reform
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

The solution that is developed by the federal government must be a conglomeration of multifaceted mechanisms that address the brokenness of our current system at the policy, legal, and administrative level. ...

Dropping the 'I' Word
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Those using the term “undocumented” have noted the changing circumstances within the culture and recognize that using such inflammatory terminology only adds fuel to the proverbial political fire around the is ...

The Supreme Court, Racial Profiling, and Brewer’s Hobbled Law
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Brewer’s law had four legs. Now it has one—a lame one. On Monday the United States Supreme Court struck down three of four key provisions in Arizona’s attrition-through-enforceme ...

Crowds Erupt in Praise as Obama Announces Immigration Policy Change
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Dreams came alive today as President Obama granted relief to thousands of undocumented students. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? ...

MUST LISTEN: This American Life’s “Alien Experiment”
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in U.S., and for years addressing this issue has come in two forms: deportation or citizenship. But recently, there’s a third option on the table: self-deportation. This approach, which involves ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

Alabama Immigration News Roundup
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Alabama Workers Skip Work to Protest Immigration Laws THE HUFFINGTON POST: Hey Alabama, Take A Hint From California ASSOCIATED PRESS: Alabama Workers Ski ...

Why Can't Americans Work the Fields?
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:58am | Type: Blog

How ironic that for all the protests going on about unemployment these days there is a parallel, if less shrill, debate happening in our agricultural sector involving what to do about a shortage of wo ...

ICE Follies: 'Silent' Raids are Worse Than Useless
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There are no whirring helicopters, law enforcement vehicles, or hundreds of federal agents swooping down on businesses as in days of old. There are no whirring helicopters, law ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

How Friends, Facebook, and Prayer Stopped the Deportation of Bernard Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

In November 2009, Bernard Pastor, an 18-year-old undocumented student in Ohio, was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation and detained. ICE held Pastor in federal detention with plans to deport him to ...

Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/19/chipotle-firings-one-story-of-a-broken-immigration-system/" target="_self"></a>Just over one month ago, a few dozen fired emplo ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

The Education of An (Unlikely) Immigrant Advocate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note: </strong><em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Undocumented and Unafraid: The Immigrant Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Why I'm Trying to Resist Political Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'll be honest, I've been pretty disgusted with the callousness of our national discourse, how so many politicians, including Democrats, seem all too eager to balance state and federal <a href=&qu ...

Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

For True Civility in Arizona, The Walls Must Come Down
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spurred numerous 'calls for civility' in the heated political tension of Arizona and beyond. The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spur ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

My Undocumented Life: Full of Magic and Meaning
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:07am | 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 ...

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm" target="_blank">Call your Senators right now about the DREAM Act</a>.</p> ...

Interview With A Dreamer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Felipe Matos, 24, was sent to the United States from the slums of Brazil by his mother who longed for him to find a better life and achieve his dreams. Felipe Matos, 24, was sent ...

The DREAM Act is Not Amnesty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As members of Congress debate the DREAM Act once again, opponents of the act are again attacking the legislation as "<a href="http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/backdoor-amnesty-dream-act ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Undocumented Young People Need the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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< ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Pray for Bernard, Pray for the DREAM
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday November 16, hundreds of Christ-followers around the nation prayed and fasted in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-reform/" target="_blank">solidarity with immi ...

Undocumented Farmworkers Need Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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

The Social Network, Immigration, and Imago Dei
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I haven't had the energy to sit down in a while to blog. Somewhere between the multiple Google calendars and multiple modes of communication life over-shared with me.</p> ...

Not Happy with the Results? Hallelujah, Anyhow
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 - 7:34am | 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> ...

Where is God on the Border?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. The Arizona border region as well as the surrounding border s ...

Stephen Colbert for the Least of These
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. We ...

Why We Must Not Give Up on the DREAM Act
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The DREAM Act did not pass with the National Defense Authorization Act yesterday, but we must not give up. The DREAM Act did not pass with the National Defense Authorization Act y ...

Our DREAMS Deferred, Our Hearts Emboldened
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past five days, we've asked you and urged you to contact your senators in support of the DREAM Act -- legislation that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream/" target="_blank&q ...

DREAM Act 101: What You Need to Know
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, the DREAM Act has become a source of hope for many and a source of debate and speculation for others. In the last few weeks, the DREAM Act has become a sour ...

Give 60 Seconds of Prayer for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer three times. Sixty seconds. One minute. On September 21, 2010, U.N. It is the time it takes to say the Lord's Prayer thr ...