Laura E. Alexander is the associate professor of religious studies and holds the Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

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Immigration Activists Push the Boundaries of Religious Freedom

by Laura E. Alexander 05-22-2023

Image credit Barbara Zandoval/Unsplash.

After Title 42 restrictions at the U.S. border ended on May 11, debates about immigration have heated up again — focused mostly on reform, border security, or refugees’ needs.

But the treatment of immigrants is deeply intertwined with religious freedom as well. As a scholar of religious ethics who studies immigration, I am interested in recent cases that highlight growing tensions between immigration policies and religious groups’ commitments to pastoral and humanitarian care.