The Marianist Family adopted a position statement in 2010 that indicated our support for a comprehensive rather than piecemeal approach to dealing with our broken immigration system. While the current political climate makes passage of such legislation very difficult, we remain committed to this approach as the most effective way of addressing the injustices that immigrants face. Please find the entire ‘Marianist Statement on Immigrant Reform’ in the resources section below.
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Each year on Ash Wednesday, team members join First Friends of New Jersey and Pax Christi at a vigil outside the immigrant detention facility in Elizabeth, NJ.
In the past, the team has sponsored a trip to the Mexican border and is currently promoting trips that other groups are sponsoring. The team has also sponsored a “Come to the Table” multicultural dinner that included immigrants and refugees from many different countries.
The MSJC Immigrant Justice Team partnered with Campus Ministry to facilitate a discussion in the Dialogue Zone at the University of Dayton on October 18, 2019. The discussion was prompted by passing out descriptions of three different positions on what action should be taken regarding the immigration issue in the United States. These issue guides came from the Kettering Foundation. Small groups of students discussed their views and then they participated in a large group discussion. The Immigrant Justice Issue Team found this dialogue to be successful and are hoping to have more in the future! Please let us know if your community, organization, or school would like to learn more about having an imigration dialogue event.