(Washington, D.C.) April 11, 2013 — Father Sean Carroll S.J. testified yesterday at an Ad Hoc Congressional Hearing on how immigration enforcement can be more humane and how law enforcement officials can reduce family separations. The hearing was hosted by Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona.
"With each passing day, we as a country continue to separate family members, through our immigration laws and our detention and deportation practices, contrary to the rhetoric of family values that permeates our political discourse," Fr. Carroll said.
Fr. Carroll, a Jesuit priest, is Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative. KBI was established to work with one foot on each side of the Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Now an independent organization, KBI officially launched in January 2009 as the result of a collaborative effort among Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the California Province of the Society of Jesus, the Mexico Province of the Society of Jesus, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Archdiocese of Hermosillo and the Diocese of Tucson.
As a faith-based organization, the KBI strives to respond to the most critical needs of deported migrants by respecting their dignity and by fostering bi-national solidarity through humanitarian assistance, education, research and advocacy.
Fr. Carroll's remarks can be read in full here.