Jesuit Father Sean Carroll Calls For Immigration Reform at Congressional Hearing

At a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday, Jesuit Father Sean Carroll, executive director of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), testified about a new report that’s shedding light on disturbing cases of family separation caused by current U.S. immigration policy.

The report, “Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” commissioned by the Jesuit Conference of the United States, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and KBI examines the experiences of migrant women, men and children deported from the United States to cities along Mexico’s northern border.

As the executive director of KBI, a bi-national humanitarian ministry of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Carroll works to aid deported migrants who pass through the KBI’s Aid Center and through Nazareth House, KBI’s shelter for migrant women and children.

At an ad hoc hearing convened by Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, U.S. representative for Arizona’s 3rd congressional district, Fr. Carroll testified, “At the U.S./Mexico border, we are witnesses to what many don’t see or refuse to acknowledge: the physical, psychological and emotional destruction caused by current U.S. immigration policies in the lives of Mexican and Central American men, women and children looking to be reunited with their family members who live in the United States.

“This report, supported by our experience and service on the border, confirms the disastrous effects of current U.S. immigration policies on families, whether through the process of deportation or because of mixed immigration status. We can and must do better.”

Following the hearing, Fr. Carroll attended the Rally for Citizenship on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol with thousands of immigrants and activists seeking to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Fr. Carroll said that he thinks this is an incredibly hopeful time for immigration reform as “we are doing our best to ensure that this reform is just and humane.”

4 Responses to “Jesuit Father Sean Carroll Calls For Immigration Reform at Congressional Hearing”

  • Matt Lieser:

    Fr Sean,

    Thanks for standing up for immigration reform and rights for migrants. It is important work and something I hope to assist with as a Jesuit. God bless all your efforts.


    Matt Lieser SJ.

  • José Aguilar S.J.:

    Querido Sean,

    Le doy muchas gracias a Dios por tu trabajo y la oportunidad que has tenido de estar presente en medio de esta importante coyuntura en favor de los migrantes.

    Un estrecho abrazo,

    José Aguilar S.J.

  • MrsH:

    SO, explain this to me. Are all of our laws against the Bible because the separate convicted criminals from their families by putting them in jail? The people who come to this country illegally are breaking the law and should be treated as such. It is their own irresponsible decisions that put them in the situation they are in. I’m sorry for people who are trying to escape a horrible life but there are legal ways to do it. They can’t break the law and expect us to change the law to suit them. We should not change our laws to please the criminal and make their life easier. If that is your point, we should change laws against robbery, murder, etc, because there are countless inmates separated from their families.

  • Arturo Guevara:

    Thanks Fr. Sean for showing us that We can not be so legalistic and squared minded to think that the Law is above everything. Laws are imperfect, and the laws are to serve the people, mostly those suffering desperate, not the other way around.

    Who took this land despite blood from their real owners?

    Only in God We trust. He gave us this planet and it’s richness to share with everybody. We people insist in separating the lucky people from the worthless ones.

    May God continue showing us his face on the opressed and needy.

    I keep all of You in my prayers,
    Arturo Guevara