Joe Boland

Joe Boland is the vice president of mission of Catholic Extension, a national fundraising organization that supports poor mission dioceses across the United States.

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Valley of Tears: Immigrants in California’s Coachella Valley

by Joe Boland 04-13-2017

Image via RNS/Catholic Extension/Rich Kalonick

When I asked Father Guy Wilson what the children of immigrant parents are telling him, amid the current inundation with media chatter, political rhetoric, and executive action on the topic of immigration, tears welled up in his eyes and one fell on his clerical shirt.

“It’s hard,” he said. “They are so scared.”

“Some of the teenagers have told me: ‘My parents are good people. They have never even had a traffic ticket. Why would anyone want to take them away from me?’”

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