Migration

From Sea to Shining Sea, We Welcome Thee

New Orleans Welcomes Syrian Refugees

by Sue Weishar, Ph.D., JustSouth Monthly [January 2016]

On a brilliantly sunny, crisp winter afternoon last month, a diverse group of more than 100 New Orleanians gathered at the Monument to the Immigrant in Woldenberg Park to show our support for Syrian refugees and celebrate what makes New Orleans and our country worth fleeing halfway across the globe to reach. The Rally and March to Welcome Syrian Refugees began with remarks by Farah Alkhafaf, who reminded those gathered that, having suffered through Hurricane Katrina, we know what it’s like to seek shelter elsewhere. Then Farah, the lead organizer of the rally and a student at UNO, asked everyone to “pass the peace” by shaking hands and greeting the people around them. Thus began an event that dared to counter the relentless narrative of fear and xenophobia that opportunistic political “leaders” have promulgated since the Paris terrorist attacks.

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On August 5, 2014 the Jesuit Social Research Institute held the Catholic Teach-In on the Child Refugee Crisis and Its Causes. If you were unable to join us please take a look at some of the media coverage this event received. 

TIME Magazine

Michael's Journey

The Times-Picayune 

Catholics hear refugees explain why they fled Central America 

The Advocate 

N.O. a hub for Honduran children fleeing violence


OUR PERSPECTIVE:

JSRI'S Catholic and Jesuit Perspective on Migration

During the last twenty years, and especially following Hurricane Katrina, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of migrants – both documented and undocumented – in the southern states. More and more immigrants are settling into nontraditional urban and rural receiving communities in the South, where the Hispanic population more than doubled during the 1990’s. The Jesuit Social Research Institute seeks to provide practical, collaborative participatory action research, social analysis, theological reflection, and advocacy related to the issue of migration in the Gulf South in collaboration with Jesuit social and migration networks, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Catholic diocesan ministries serving immigrants in the Gulf South, and other advocates.  Our Catholic faith is deeply rooted in the experience of migration.  More

 

Archived articles on migration: 

A Lesson in Compassion: Catholic Teach-In on the Child Migrant Crisis and Its Causes -- Weishar 

Kids in Crisis: The surge of unaccompanied immigrant children to the border --Weishar

"We Belong To Each Other": Forgetting Our Oneness at a Town Hall Meeting -- Weishar 

Of Tears and Terror: Families Torn Apart By Community Raids in the New Orleans Area-- Weishar

When Italians Were "Others" --Weishar

Honduran Agony: The Spiral of Violence and Corruption-- Weishar & Baudouin

Keep "Thanks" in Thanksgiving-- Weishar

One Family Under God: Witnessing for Immigration Reform-- Weishar 

Border Visions and Immigration Reform-- Weishar 

Immigration Reform in Retrospect: Lessons Learned, Lives Changed--Weishar

Refining the Numbers: New Estimates of Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S.--Weishar

Strangers No Longer: Catholic Teachings on Immigration Reform--Weishar

The "Latino Giant” chooses Obama: An analysis of the 2012 Latino vote--Weishar

"Impossible Subjects" with Impossible Choices--Weishar

Hope for Undocumented Youth--Weishar

A Legacy of “Cussedness”: Update on Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Enforcement Laws -- Weishar

Mississippi Rejects Immigration Enforcement Bill--Weishar

Immigration Enforcement Bill Fails to Pass in Mississippi, None Proposed in Louisiana Legislature -- Weishar

Not Good Law or Good Sense: Proposed Mississippi Immigration Legislation Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching -- Weishar

So Help Us God: Life, Death, and Voting Rights in the Texas Colonias--Michael Seifert


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