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Jesuits Back Comprehensive Immigration Reform

At least 10 Jesuit colleges and universities or affiliated entities joined letters sent May 13 to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, calling for “comprehensive and humane immigration reform.”

Other signers include nine provincials of the Society of Jesus and more than 200 Jesuit communities, parishes and affiliated organizations, according to the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province.

SIgners include the Jesuit Secondary Education Association and a number of Jesuit schools. College-related signers include:

  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities;
  • Canisius College Jesuit community;
  • Creighton University Justice and Peace Studies, office for multicultural affairs, campus ministry, Center for Catholic Thought, Kripke Center for Religion and Society, Institute for Latin American Concerns, Jesuit community, retreat center and Amnesty International;
  • Fordham University and its Jesuit community;
  • LeMoyne College and its Jesuit community;
  • Loyola Marymount University's campus and resident ministry and theology department;
  • Loyola University Maryland;
  • Loyola University New Orleans law school, office of mission and ministry, community action program, Twomey Center for Peace and Justice, and Jesuit community;
  • Marquette University campus ministry, Common Ground, JUSTICE, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority and Jesuit community;
  • Saint Louis University campus ministry;
  • Santa Clara University Jesuit community;
  • Seattle University Jesuit community;
  • Spring Hill College and its campus ministry, community service center and Jesuit community;
  • the University of San Francisco; and
  • Wheeling Jesuit University.

According to the Chicago-Detroit Province:

The provincials’ letters to Congress and the president urge that any proposed immigration reform include a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants as well as a legal employment structure protecting both migrants and U.S. workers, expedited family reunification and an end to policies that exacerbate family separation. The letters to Congress and the Obama Administration follow a similar appeal made by the provincials in 2011.

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