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Jesuit recommendations for smart responses to increased migration from Central America
(Washington, D.C.) July 16, 2014 — The relatively sudden increase in the number of people migrating from Central America to the United States is the Hemisphere's most recent migration phenomenon. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is particularly concerned about three groups: unaccompanied children traveling without a parent or legal guardian, asylum-seekers, and women traveling with very young children.
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Central American migration: areas of concern
(Washington, D.C.) July 20, 2014 — The U.S. government must hold on to humanitarian principles of protection and compassion because the implications of its decisions are global. The U.S. cannot continue asking countries like Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to keep their borders open in the face of large numbers of people seeking protection from violence in Syria if it is unwilling to compassionately review the asylum and protection claims of desperate people who arrive at its own border.
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Faith groups urge Congress not to undermine protections for children and families
(Washington, D.C.) July 10, 2014 — As Congress considers an emergency funding request from the Obama Administration, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, national religious leaders and faith groups urge Congress to prevent the Administration from subverting critical legal protections for unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
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Preserve Due Process Protections for Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Harm
(Washington, D.C.) July 8, 2014 — The U.S. Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA ask you to stand with us as we seek to preserve the rights of unaccompanied children seeking safety within our borders.
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NGOs recommend Department of Homeland Security take steps to improve complaint processing
(Washington, D.C.) May 7, 2014 — When it established the Department of Homeland Security, Congress directed the Department to ensure the adequate protection of civil rights and civil liberties while carrying out its mission. However, consistent, documented — yet avoidable — deficiencies within the Department’s complaint systems have inhibited DHS’ ability to identify internal civil rights concerns and take appropriate action.
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Safer deportation practices are a moral imperative
(Washington, D.C.) February 24, 2014 — Migrants are frequently deported from the United States after midnight without identity documents, prescription medications or their valuable personal belongings; and families are routinely split up during the deportation process. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes the U.S. must enact changes to improve security for newly deported migrants.
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JRS report highlights abuses against Central American migrants in Mexico
(Washington, D.C.) October 28, 2013 — A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the U.S. require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity. The report, Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey.
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Spotlight on immigration policy
(Washington, D.C.) February 14, 2013 — Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S. — Mexico Border presents systematic documentation of the experiences of migrant women, men and children repatriated from the United States to cities along Mexico's northern border, with particular emphasis on the Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, Mexico area.
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Take Action: Say NO to the SAFE Act
(Washington, D.C.) October 16, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA believes compassion should never be criminalized, but there is an immigration bill in the House of Representatives that would do just that, placing members of our communities at risk.
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Video: Broken immigration system breaks families
(Washington, D.C.) April 11, 2013 — Fr. Sean Carroll S.J. testified at an Ad Hoc Congressional Hearing on how immigration enforcement can be more humane and how family separations can be reduced.
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Jesuits reiterate call for immigration reform
(Washington, D.C.) January 29, 2013 — The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative welcome the framework for comprehensive immigration reform released yesterday by a bipartisan group of Senators. We are also encouraged by President Obama's remarks today calling for a "commonsense" approach to swiftly address an "out-of-date and badly broken immigration system."
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Univ of Scranton Arrupe award to Kino Border Initiative
(Washington, D.C.) May 5, 2013 — The University of Scranton presented the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministry to the Kino Border Initiative last month. KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico.
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Video: Kino Border Initiative
(Washington, D.C.) November 22, 2012 — The Ignatian News Network met with Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., the Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, to learn about the various ways KBI helps improve the state of being for displaced migrants in Nogales, Ariz. and Nogales, Soñora, Mexico.
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Jesuits respond to Supreme Court decision on immigration law
(Washington, D.C.) June 26, 2012 - The U.S. Jesuit Conference, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative welcome the Supreme Court's decision to strike down three key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, S.B.1070. In doing so, the Court correctly recognized the federal government’s constitutional authority to regulate immigration.
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Recent stories
God knocked on my door again
(Nogales, Mexico) March 3, 2011 — I felt the call to be where life was leading me, where the God of the poor has a compassionate and softened heart that hurts because of the pain of those who have nothing ... It was through the migrants that God knocked on my door again.
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Serving others at the Kino Border Initiative
(Nogales, Mexico) March 11, 2011 — "Thank God that we have many people in both Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., who are committed to this service of migrants," says Sr. Lorena Leyva. "These volunteers are involved in serving food, preparing meals at home and taking them to the KBI's dining facility.
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KBI is a response to the call of Christ
(Nogales, Arizona) — The social and economic forces that are driving migration are bi-national forces, and any genuine attempt to solve the immigration crisis must be bi-national in its approach. 
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Video: Kino Border Initiative
(Washington, D.C) — In collaboration with partner groups, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA serves the Church via the Kino Border Initiative by providing opportunities for pastoral formation and advocacy for the protection of human rights along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
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Kino Border Initiative expands on pastoral care
(Washington, D.C.) — With the Kino Border Initiative, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has expanded the pastoral care that we have provided undocumented non-citizens over the last nine years in our chaplaincy program at U.S. detention centers. 
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Kino Border Initiative serves a need
(Nogales, Arizona) — The Kino Border Initiative provides direct assistance to men, women and children who have been deported from the U.S. to Mexico. Deportees who are citizens of Mexico are usually sent via bus to border crossings from California to Texas.
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