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Immigration: Review Policies, Congressional Standstill, Bishops on the Border

Shaina Aber

Shaina Aber

Mary Small

Mary Small

BY CHRIS KERRMarch 20, 2014

While Congress is at a standstill on immigration the Obama administration recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security will review U.S. deportation policies.  At the same time faith-based advocates are continuing to be a voice for humane reform and deportation policies across the country, including an upcoming effort by the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference on April 1st in Nogales, Arizona.

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 action by the Obama.  The interview was recorded on Thursday, March 20, 2014, via telephone from the U.S. Jesuit Conference offices in Washington, D.C.

You can find the current marked up immigration reform legislation in the U.S. House here.

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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