Three questions Catholics should ask themselves about immigration

Undocumented students at Loyola Marymount University demonstrate on campus in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall shortly before the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Antonio De Loera-Brust) Undocumented students at Loyola Marymount University demonstrate on campus in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall shortly before the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Antonio De Loera-Brust) 
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This week’s guest is Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, a contributing writer for America and professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her latest piece for America is titled: “A 3-question examination of conscience on immigration that all Catholics need to do.”

Prof. Gonzalez-Andrieu told America about her first hand-experience working with undocumented students at a Jesuit university: “[After DACA] a lot of our students who were undocumented started coming out of the shadows...started raising their voices, becoming activists…. But then with the recent rescinding of DACA we are all just in a state of shock, and trying to figure out how we’re going to deal with this with our students and with their families,” she said. “In our city the level of fear for the entire undocumented community and their family members is enormous. And that’s what we’re dealing with right now.”

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“The language of illegality and legality...is used to gloss over...the religious imperative here,” she said, adding: “Immigrants historically have given so much more to the building of this country than they have ever taken.”

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