Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice

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Immigrants Are Not Aliens

The word shakes us, the word “immigrant”. In what seems like a hot issue politically as of late, has been an issue since The United States of America was born. For roughly the 250 years of America’s existence, immigration has... Continue Reading →

An Immigration Story

Being an undocumented immigrant comes with a myriad of challenges and uncertainties that are sometimes too much to handle. The struggles are very real. In fact, so real that I can’t plan my future too far in advance because I... Continue Reading →

Men and Women For and With Immigrants

In 2016, we live in a world filled with fear, misunderstanding, and unknowing when it comes to dealing with the wide reaching issues of immigration, whether it comes from our own local or national politicians or from conversation with our... Continue Reading →

A Final Alternative Break’s Experience: Immigration and Refugees

This spring break, I participated in my final Alternative Break. The topic: Immigration and Refugees. In early Fall, I spent months student teaching at a school where the majority of my students had migrated here. They were brought to this... Continue Reading →

Why am I an Immigration Reform Activist?

For more information on the Campaign to Citizenship visit: It was a Saturday morning, around 9am under a typical morning in El Salvador: hot and humid—too hot and too humid, even at 9 in the morning.  My brother and I... Continue Reading →

Making Room for the Immigrant Piligrim

It’s most often around Christmas when we hear spiritual reflections about immigrants: a couple of strangers come to town, and nobody seems to have any room in their homes or their hearts to welcome them. Yet, in this season of... Continue Reading →

No Person is Illegal

There are few things as controversial as the debate over immigration in the United States despite the fact that we are a nation of immigrants. The Onion: America’s Finest (Satirical) News Source even ran an article on the immigration issue... Continue Reading →

Becoming the Immigrant Sheep

When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien.  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were... Continue Reading →

Facing Difficult Choices

Sitting in the intersection of economics, politics, theology, and international relations, immigration is a difficult issue to tackle. To keep it simple, I decided to reflect on it as a human issue. In more than ten years of working with... Continue Reading →

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