This past week, hundreds of faith advocates descended on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. advocating an end to the detention bed quota for immigrants. They told Congress to stop treating our immigrant brothers and sisters unjustly. The United States has the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world, partly due to the quota Congress set requiring 34,000 immigrants to be held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention at any given time. Many of these people detained are seeking protection from persecution, sexual assault, violence and trafficking.
Sr. Jean Christensen will be giving a presentation on human trafficking at 6:30pm, Wednesday, April 29 at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Joseph. Sr. Jean is an expert on this issue and has much important information to share with us. Pray for a stop to the arbitrary and unjust detention quota for immigrants.
Many immigrants came to the Stand Up KC Rally where workers and their allies fought for $15 an hour and a union. This rally in Kansas City attracted almost 2,000 people and made front page of the Kansas City Star. Mayor Sly James stood in solidarity with workers and proclaimed, “It is inexplicable that we all live in the richest, most powerful country in the world and people work 40 hours a week and cannot feed their families.” A great number of immigrants working in the fast food industry struggle for a living wage. Please continue to support the efforts of the Jobs with Justice and Stand Up KC in their advocacy for immigrants and just wages.
Daryl Charron, C.PP.S.