Catholic social teaching
Refugees in America: A Thanksgiving Reflection
It is Sunday morning at a Dunkin Donuts on Long Island, NY. It is 5 a.m. in the early hours of Mothers’ Day, and a woman walks in looking distressed. The manager of the store, thinking she is homeless and feeling sorry because it is Mothers’ Day, gives the woman coffee and food. He then offers her his sweater because it is quite cold in the store and all she has on is a pair of pants and a towel. The employees attempt to communicate with her in Spanish, thinking she may be Hispanic, but the woman does not answer.
One of the most easily and commonly overlooked groups of immigrants are detainees. Every day, more than 32,000 individuals languish in detention facilities scattered across the country, unnoticed and ignored. Thousands of these detainees are immigrants fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in the United States.
“I Now Pronounce You Husband and Wife” Undocumented Immigrants Struggle to Hear These Precious WordsFri, 08/14/2009 - 11:42am — Anonymous
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society in economics and politics, in law and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. (USCCB, Themes of Catholic Social Teaching).
In our work to educate and increase awareness about the need for immigration reform, we have discovered a common thread. Tell someone about why he should support immigration reform and you may only be partially successful at convincing him of the need for immigration reform. Introduce him to an immigrant and let that immigrant tell the horrors of navigating the U.S.