BY CHRIS KERR | September 9, 2013
As the U.S. Congress returns from recess the policy debate on immigration reform in the House of Representatives is sure to heat up. After a hiatus from legislative analysis for a few weeks, we wanted to provide an update on the current immigration legislation being brought forth in the House in response to the Senate’s passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.774).
Shaina Aber (Policy Director, U.S. Jesuit Conference Social & International Ministries) and Mary Small (Assistant Director for Policy, Jesuit Refugee Service USA) offer an overview of current legislation and specific analysis of five house bills being proposed. The interview was recorded on Thursday, September 5, 2013 via telephone.
Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.