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Immigration: Shutdown Ends & Debate Heats Up | Policy Update

Shaina Aber

Shaina Aber

Mary Small

Mary Small

With the end of the government shutdown serious debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been re-ignited in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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 house bills being proposed.  The interview was recorded on Thursday, October 23,  2013 via telephone.

Legislation Referenced:
HR 15: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act 
HR 1417: Border Security Results Act of 2013
HR 1901: Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2013 
HR 3130: Protect Family Values at the Border Act 
HR 3163: CIR ASAP Act of 2013

Christopher Kerr

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.

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