Monday night, we, along with three other Jesuits currently studying at St. Louis University, went to Ferguson to be present with the community there for the press conference where we learned that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. Much has happened very quickly in the last 24 hours and we have been asked to share our experience.
Last week President Obama announced executive action that will provide temporary relief to upwards of 5 million people currently in the U.S. without documentation. Shaina Aber (Policy Director, U.S. Jesuit Conference Social & International Ministries) offers an overview of President Obama's action from her perspective as director of the U.S. Jesuit Conference's National Advocacy Office. This interview was recorded on Monday, November 24, 2014, via telephone. Shaina joined us from her office at the Jesuit Conference in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON D.C. - In a statement released on November 21, 2014, the U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service USA and Kino Border Initiative, joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in welcoming President Obama’s announcement of temporary relief from deportation for as many as five million of our community members. The statement follows the U.S. Bishops' statement released the previous day which emphasized the importance of keeping families together in the Obama administration's executive action.