News Detail
Migrants disembark from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bus in Arizona. (CNS photo/Samantha Sais, Reuters)
Jesuits Respond to Child Immigration Crisis

June 13, 2014 — Jesuit Father Sean Carroll is an eyewitness to the current immigration crisis that has seen a surge of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee violence and extreme poverty in their home countries. On June 11, Fr. Carroll visited the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Nogales, Arizona, where nearly 1,100 of these children are being held after being transported from South Texas.

“We were given a briefing and were able to tour the place where the children are staying, though we were not able to speak with the children,” reported Fr. Carroll, who is executive director of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a Jesuit ministry in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, that provides assistance to deported migrants.

Fr. Carroll said most of the children are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and many are seeking to be with their parents in the United States.

Although he was unable to meet with the children, he did see some of the young people going to lunch.  “Most are teenagers but there are a smaller number of younger children,” he said.  “Based on the way they looked and on the facilities that had been set up, their physical needs seem to be met.  Their psychological and spiritual well-being is less clear to me, due to the inability to speak and interact with the young people.”

Jesuit Father Sean CarrollAccording to Fr. Carroll, the KBI remains committed to collaborating with other churches and organizations to address the needs of these children.  Fr. Carroll has been in contact with Rev. David Myers, Senior Adviser to FEMA, and has requested a plan to outline the needs of the children and a process to solicit and receive donations.

“We want to ensure that these children's needs are being met,” said Fr. Carroll. “It has frankly been frustrating to not get concrete feedback on a plan that would help volunteers receive donations and help the needs of these children.”

Despite the challenges, Fr. Carroll said, “We will keep urging the federal government to work with us to provide direction and focus, so we can offer assistance in the most effective way possible.”

For more information, view Myths and Facts Regarding Rising Numbers of Central American Migrants Arriving in the United States. [Sources: KBICBS 5 KPHO, Arizona Daily Star]


Recent News

July 30, 2014 — The Society of Jesus in the U.S. is calling on Congressional representatives who graduated from U.S. Jesuit schools to protect children fleeing violence in Central America.

July 28, 2014 — Fr. Thomas Smolich, SJ, has been appointed International Director of JRS starting on November 1, 2015.

July 30, 2014 — The Institute of Jesuit Sources is moving from its longtime home in St. Louis to Boston College’s Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies.

July 29, 2014 — Jesuit Father Robert Hussey, an economics professor who’s also bilingual, is the new provincial of the Maryland Province Jesuits.

July 25, 2014 — The letter called for protection for the thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America.

July 21, 2014 — Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa is taking on a new assignment as the provincial of the Oregon Province Jesuits.

July 18, 2014 — More than 1,200 graduates of Jesuit schools are calling on fellow alumni in the U.S. House of Representatives to act on fair immigration reform.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 7/7/14

America - 6/23/14

America - 6/9/14



Jesuit Retreat House
Nestled in the urban landscape of Parma, Ohio, the Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland is “a place of peace in the forest.”