Border/Immigration Articles


Online Articles

Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, Ph.D. I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

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Alison Harrington, Pastor, Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson, Arizona. Blessed Are the Hands That Strike the Rock: In Praise of the Tucson Samaritans

“…The Samaritans are an organization of people of faith and conscience who provide humanitarian aid to those crossing our desert. As stated on their website, the Samaritans were founded as ‘ a voice of compassion, a healing presence in the Arizona desert.’ And for 13 years, the Samaritans have sent patrols into our desert almost every day, saving countless lives by putting out gallon water jugs on known migrant trails and providing first aid to any they may encounter…” Harrison, A.

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Bisognano, John. The American Immigration Equation: Courage + Opportunity > Risk

“America is a country bound together by its diversity. Almost all of us share the common thread that our families came from somewhere else. Our immigrant families are bound by more than that, however. We also are bound by a common belief that the opportunity available to immigrants who are willing to work hard in this country outweighs the substantial risk involved in pulling up stakes and restarting life in a new country. But the equation doesn’t work if you only weigh opportunity versus risk. The secret factor that tips the scale and propels people to take on such risk for such a tenuous shot at opportunity is courage. Each immigration story — whether it be from 1692, 1910, or 2015 — was built on the foundation of courage…” Bisognano, J

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Kino Border Initiative Newsletter, Summer 2015 Volume 2, Issue 2,

“… The articles in this summer issue of the newsletter explain deportation statistics and trends, and examine the great and preventable tragedy of migrant deaths in the desert. The data shed light on the collective toll of our broken immigration system, and urge us all to work toward more humane approaches to these issues…”

“Clothing Donations for the KBI, Roxanne Ramos: …Frequently, the shirts and pants of the migrants need to be replaced after their journeys or stays in detention;…, their shoes are completely worn out…Please consider making a donation of clothing to the KBI …Or initiate a clothing campaign at your local church, school or other community organization. Types of garments and sizes are very specific… consult the list below… If you have any questions, call or email Ivette Fuentes at 520-287-2370 or . Donations can be shipped to Kino Border Initiative, P.O. Box 159, Nogales, Arizona 85628-0159. Thank you in advance for your help and generosity!

  • Men’s jeans (sizes 28-34)
  • Men’s tennis shoes (sizes 7-10)
  • Men’s underwear and boxers (small and medium)
  • Women’s t-shirts (small and medium)
  • Women’s jeans (sizes 0-8)
  • Women’s underwear (size small)
  • Socks
  • Backpacks
  • Shoelaces (black or white)

Appleby, J. Kevin. The Migrant Pope; How Pope Francis Focuses World Attention on Modern Sojourners,

“…What is the main message that can be taken from Pope Francis’ strong defense of persons on the move—immigrants, refugees and victims of trafficking? It is that these persons are our brothers and sisters and should be afforded the same rights as all of God’s children—to live their lives in safety and with the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. As he told the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, authentic human development requires full participation in the human community: ‘The authentic right to development regards every person and all people, viewed integrally. This demands that all people be guaranteed a minimal level of participation in the life of the human community…’ ” Appleby, J. K.

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Johnson, Kit. Pope Francis Focuses U.S. and World on Migration,

“…One individual interviewed about the pope’s visit to the United States expressed hope that the visit would ‘challenge Christians to look at immigration in a Christian light’…” Johnson, K.

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Schroeder, Genevieve. Migrants Still Die Crossing The US Border, and Our Own Policies Are to Blame; Undocumented Immigrants in Danger Must Call the Very People Tasked with Trying to Keep Them Out of the Country.

“…As a volunteer at Missing Migrant Hotline project of Derechos Humanos in Tucson, Arizona, my colleagues and I offer assistance and advice to families of migrants seeking their lost loved ones. In the summer, our phones ring incessantly.

“When the family gives permission, we attempt to activate the emergency response system. A call to 9-1-1 gets us immediately forwarded to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), leaving us speaking to the very agency this person got lost trying to avoid, requesting rescue and medical assistance.

“They answer our calls with deep sighs, obligatory paper shuffling, grumbles about difficulties re-allocating resources, maybe some comments about being distracted from ‘primary objectives.’ The information is recorded. Sometimes we call the same number in two hours for an update and encounter someone who has no idea what we are talking about. Sometimes we do this several times. In areas where community search and rescue responses are absent or prohibited by private land, we have no other option…” Schroeder , G.

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Flores, Adolfo. Border Patrol Prone To Corruption, Needs More Internal Investigators, Report Finds,

“…The report, commissioned by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, recommended that hundreds of internal affairs investigators be hired to stem the high rate of corruption-related arrests among border patrol employees.

“The rate of corruption-related arrests among U.S. border patrol agents is so high that the Homeland Security Advisory Council is recommending the addition of hundreds internal investigators to tackle the long-festering problem…” Flores, A.

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Merlan, Anna. Migrant Mothers and Children to be Freed from Texas Detention Center

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday night that they will begin the process of releasing about 2,000 women and children who have been detained for more than a year at two federal immigration detention facilities in South Texas. ICE said that going forward it “will not generally detain” mothers with children.

The families being held are mostly Central American and seeking asylum in the United States…” Merlan, A.

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Perez, Carly. Detention Watch Network Encouraged to See Families Released, But Concerned with Dehumanizing Alternatives Proposed

“…[W]hile ICE has finally acknowledged that they should not continue a blanket policy of detaining mothers and children who have a legitimate fear of returning to their countries of origin, ICE has simply replaced one blanket decision with another–this time to fit all mothers with unnecessary and dehumanizing ankle GPS monitoring devices…” Perez, C.

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Markon, Jerry. Obama Administration Scales Back Deportations In Policy Shift

“…In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’ 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.

” ‘It does have the potential to be extremely significant. It would allow people to live without that noose over their heads of the threat of deportation at all times,’ said, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, referring to the policy shift…

“[Hincapié]…and other advocates — who have long clashed with the administration over its aggressive enforcement — said there is widespread skepticism in the immigrant community about whether agents on the ground will adjust their activities to match the new priorities…” Markon, J.

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New York Times Editorial Board. Lost in the Immigration Frenzy

“…Lost in the screaming were the sound reasons that cities and localities shun the role of immigration enforcers. They are balancing public safety with a respect for civil rights and the Constitution. San Francisco [where Kathryn Steinle was tragically shot] had received an ICE request, called a detainer, to hold [accused Juan Francisco] Mr. Lopez-Sanchez, but detainers are unconstitutional; a person can’t be held without charge just for ICE’s convenience. Turning the local police and sheriff’s deputies into de facto ICE agents heightens fear and distrust in immigrant communities, which makes fighting crime harder.

“Lost, too, is the truth that immigrants are by no definition a population of criminals. A report published last week by the American Immigration Council found that immigrants — whether legal or unauthorized, and no matter their country of origin or education level — are less likely to be criminals than native-born Americans, that periods of high immigration correspond with lower crime rates, and that this has been true in this country as long as this issue has been studied…”

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