One thing you can do to support migrants and refugees

A deportee waits to be processed at an immigration facility Jan. 11 after a flight arrived in San Salvador, El Salvador, with immigrants who had been in the U.S. without documents. U.N. officials said Jan. 12 that U.S. President Donald Trump's reported use of an expletive to describe El Salvador and other countries could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people." (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)

It is not the first time and it is unlikely to be the last time, but President Trump’s latest racist remarks about “shithole” countries has many of asking: Who are we? What do we stand for? Who do we welcome and why?

We recorded this episode on Wednesday before the news about the president’s comments broke, but nonetheless we think a lot of what we talk about with this week’s guest will help you channel the anger you might feel toward practical steps to help migrants and refugees.


This Sunday the Catholic Church marks the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and Jesuitical is marking that by talking with Giulia McPherson. Giulia is the director of advocacy and operations at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, where she works on policy for refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons.

J.R.S./USA is using the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to let people know there are things they can do to respond to Pope Francis’ call to welcome the stranger with a campaign called #Do1Thing.

Before the interview, we tackle some other Catholic news from the week: Pope Francis is talking about the devil again before his trip to Latin America; Lady Bird wins a Golden Globe; and Trump’s recent immigration decisions are closing Catholic resettlement programs.

What have you been doing to support migrants and refugees? Do you have New Year’s resolution? Let us know by sending us an email at, follow us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow or leave us a comment here.

Links from the show:

Bullying is the devil’s work, pope says at morning Mass

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is a rallying cry for Catholic schoolgirls everywhere

Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

New Trump refugee policies could close more than 20 Catholic Charities resettlement offices

Catholic leaders call ending T.P.S. for Salvadorans a ‘lose-lose’ decision

What’s on tap?

French 75

1 oz gin, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 2 oz champagne

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