"With each step of your 100 mile pilgrimage, you tell the world that human dignity matters, regardless of your immigration status or your gender." Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California shares a message of support for the 100 women walking 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and echo his message of dignity for migrants.
Elections are about leadership. Leaders influence and shape the world around them. So far, the election conversation about immigration has caused us great alarm.
Many of you have engaged in rhetoric that is feeding a rising tide of hatred toward migrants in the United States and globally. This is precisely the type of rhetoric that seeds and promotes hate violence, and emboldens the most hateful among us.
YORK, Pa. - Alma Lopez stood outside the county prison here, where undocumented immigrants are jailed pending deportation, and broke into tears.
All around her, scores of activists unfurled banners emblazoned with inspirational messages, snapped keepsake photos with their smartphones, prayed and sang in Spanish and English to support the 100 women who set off Tuesday on a 100-mile march to Washington, D.C.
Every family has a story. My mother immigrated to the U.S. when she was 21 to further her education and pursue her dreams.
One hundred women will walk 100 miles starting Sept. 15 to greet the pope in Washington, D.C., and ensure their message of dignity and justice for immigrant women, families and communities is at the center of the pope's conversation.
The group will walk approximately 15 miles per day to arrive in the capitol on Sept. 22, coinciding with the pope’s arrival, according to a press release from We Belong Together, which is organizing this pilgrimage.
MESA, AZ -- When Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States later this month, Elva Patricia Bernal of Arizona said she hopes he'll press for the release of mothers from detention centers and for immigration policies that keep families together.
"I think it's not right for them to be in there," she said of detained mothers. "They should be able to fight their cases from outside so they can be with their children and not be separated."
Bernal, a Catholic from Mexico, has been living in Arizona without legal status for 32 years.
As a mother of two little girls, aged 4 and 6, the photograph of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, the waves lapping the face of his lifeless body, shook me.
But the tears came much later — not as I saw more and more images of migrant and refugee suffering in the news, but when I saw families in Europe with signs welcoming refugees, standing by the roadside with food and water. What’s moved me most are the images and stories of everyday people not waiting for government policy, but choosing love and taking action.
One hundred women from around the country will begin an eight-day walk Tuesday from the York County Prison to Washington D.C. in a display of support and solidarity for immigration reform.
From York the women will march through New Freedom to Monkton, Md.; then on to Lutherville-Timonium, Md.; through Baltimore and Jessup, Md.. There sill be one more stop in Silver Spring, Md. before their arrival in D.C. before Pope Francis' arrival there.