Undocumented students find refuge, support at Catholic colleges

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Fifteen years ago, the president of Dominican University, just outside Chicago, thought comprehensive immigration reform was right around the corner. That’s when the university began financially supporting undocumented students simply because, as Donna Carroll put it: “It was the right thing to do.” “I assumed that by the time these students were juniors…

Immigrants, activists urge Obama to act on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: “Not one more! Not one more!” to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children. The participants, including many young children, also got their message across holding aloft placards saying: “Don’t…

Undocumented? Illegal? Don’t overlook dignity

When it comes to immigration reform, the best approach may have nothing to do with names and labels May 9, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski When it comes to immigration, word choice is among the debated issues. A caller to the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Catholic Spirit, complained recently…

Catholic leaders repeated call to Congress to help poor

 Year in Review Looking back at 2013 Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service Fallout from the partial government shutdown in October and another looming round of automatic spending cuts in January kept congressional leaders busy at year’s end to finalize a budget deal Republicans and Democrats could live with. Through a…

Immigration and the next America

Learning our nation’s full history could lead to recommitting ourselves to its founding ideals Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Jason Adkins The story of America is the story of immigration. That is the message of Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s important and timely book titled, “Immigration and the Next America” (Our Sunday Visitor). In it, Archbishop…

Minnesota Catholic and evangelical leaders urge Congress to pass immigration reform

July 19, 2013, edition By The Catholic Spirit Archbishop John Nienstedt joined other Christian faith leaders on the plaza of the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis June 26 to urge Minnesota’s congressional representatives to support immigration reform that provides a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, upholds human dignity, promotes family unity and secures borders. Reform…