Southside Presbyterian Revives Sanctuary Movement…Daily Beast

What is most interesting in this article is the clear description of how quality legal representation makes such a difference in immigration cases. Unfortunately, most people in the system get little or none, or they pay many thousands of dollars to lawyers and get deported anyway because the cases are so difficult.

Also of interest is the description of detention conditions–the cold holding tanks, loud music, harassment by guards… techniques designed to make the detainees give up. -Molly

This Church Is Reviving the Sanctuary Movement to Shelter Undocumented Immigrants From Deportation

As the immigration debate gets even more politicized, one church on the Arizona border is quietly taking up a long-held tradition of offering safe haven for families facing deportation.

Daniel Neyoy Ruiz doesn’t sleep much. He lies awake on the bunk bed he shares with his wife and 13-year-old son, wondering what he will do if he’s forced to leave them. Every police siren sends his stomach into knots: Is this it? Are they coming for me?…

Pax Christi El Paso will host Fr. John Dear, Peace Activist, May 24, 2012

For info, call (915) 740-3962 or visit Pax Christi El Paso website.

https://sites.google.com/site/pxcelp/

*Peace Activist Speaks on His New Book*
Pax Christi El Paso will host Fr. John Dear as he presents his
ground-breaking new book, Lazarus Come Forth, How Jesus Confronts the
Culture of Death and Invites Us into the New Life of Peace.
Fr. John will speak on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 pm, St. Pius X
Catholic Church Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, El Paso, TX 79905.  Time
for questions and answers.  Books will be available for purchase and a book
signing follows the lecture.
Fr. John explores the raising of Jesus in the Gospel of John, and
invites us to carry on Jesus’ liberating work by obeying his
commandments–to take away the stone that keeps us trapped in our violent
culture of war, to call each other out of the tombs, to unbind one another
and to set each other free to live in peace and nonviolence.
Fr. John is a Jesuit priest, peace activist and author of many books
on peace and nonviolence, and is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.  He served
for years as the Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest
interfaith peace organization in the U.S., and was a coordinator of
chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York after 9/11/2001.
Dear writes a weekly online column for The National Catholic Reporter.
For info, call (915) 740-3962 or visit Pax Christi El Paso website.