By Father Clete Kiley
Reposted from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
By now, many of us have become familiar with the cold facts and statistics of our nation’s failed immigration system and the immense human suffering it causes.
Twenty-five thousand Central American children cross our border every year trying to be reunited with their families. Ten million people live in our country without authorization and are exposed daily to exploitation. Thirty thousand people are detained, many sent to for-profit private prisons at a cost of over $2 billion annually. Over two million people have been deported in the past six years, breaking up families, disrupting the workforce, and damaging communities. And hundreds of people, adults and children, have died in the desert just outside of this town of Nogales–alone and, too often, nameless.
But in his powerful homily at a Mass where the altar abutted the hideous, rusting thirty-foot fence at the border in Nogales, Arizona, Cardinal Sean O’Malley reminded us that these are not simply statistics. Reflecting on the parable of the Good Samaritan, he challenged every one of us in the United States to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risks and, at times loses, his life in the desert in an effort to be reunited with loved ones and find a better life….
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