Great Ways YOU Can Serve in Our Immigration Crisis

Great ways YOU can serve in Our immigration CrisisI have recently been talking a great deal about the immigration issue.

The response has been mostly positive, but many people have had a lot of questions about what they can do, and what they think our government should do. In response I set up a meeting with Andrew Wainer, policy analyst at the Bread for the World Institute in order to get at some of these issues. I have posted the interview on YouTube. You can watch it below:

After talking to Andrew and others I have come up with a list of ways that we can engage with this issue. I know the list is far from perfect but I think it’s a start:

  1. Pray

    I personally try to make prayer the beginning and the end of all I do. Prayer invites God to work in and through us, and connects us to the source of Love itself. If was are to be loving toward others knowing the love of God is a great place to start.

  2. Advocate

    Much of the attention around this issue has been directed toward the few radical protesters who are blocking roads and screaming at the Children. We should not let our policy makers only hear that voice. Although this is a complicated issue we should tell our policy makers that we are concerned that the kids are treated with compassion, and are given a fair hearing. There are systems in place that we use to help determine if someone is a refugee, and all efforts should be made to make sure that these kids are given an opportunity to apply. In cases where deportations do need to occur, we should also make it clear that they need to be done in an ethical and responsible way so that we are not putting a child’s life and safety as rick while we do it. Finally we need to encourage the government to consider make investments into helping make places like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras more secure. Our aid to these neighbors can have a huge impact on helping their economies develop. In many cases the instability in these regions is a result of the USA’s relationship to them. Our economic system too often contributes to destabilization in these regions and we need to take time to critically self-evaluate how our trade policies and other factors might be contributing to the difficulties. You can see the USCCB’s campaign for immigrant justice here: http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/index.shtml

  3. Serve

    There are many ways to serve. In fact the Catholic Church is one of the primary leaders in efforts to help. One of the most important ways is to help support those who are working with immigrants to make sure they are being represented fairly when they come to USA. Far too often when immigrants come to the USA they are taken advantage of. They are abused by employers, lawyers, and many others. Thankfully there are many fighting with them to ensure that immigrants are protected.  Here are a few ways you can serve:

Finally I wanted to close in prayer…

This is a prayer I wrote a couple weeks ago while I was thinking and praying about this issue…. I hope it’s on you can use too:

 

As always I pray you might know God more fully and live in grace and peace!

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