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Joining with the United States Confer-ence of Catholic Bishops, The Society ofJesus in the United States has urged theDepartment of Homeland Security toreconsider the use of immigration enforce-ment raids at worksites. The Jesuits haveasked that the raids be abandoned and havecalled for comprehensive immigrationreform that respects human dignity andpreserves family unity.
Our government has a responsibilityto protect the basic rights, freedoms andsecurity of everyone in America regardlessof legal status not generate fear and inse-curity in them, said Fr. Thomas Smolich(CFN), president of the Jesuit Conference.
NOVEMBER 2008 VOLUME 38, NUMBER 1
NATIONAL JESUIT NEWS
4 Jesuit Life
Spiritual recovery aftera natural disaster
Ignatian social ministersgather in Denver
Interreligious dialogueintegral to Jesuit service
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A recent explosion of hatred and vio-lence, mostly against Christians, has con-tinued since August in the Indian state ofOrissa. While such tensions have existedfor decades, the latest violence is theworst the area has ever seen. With manyAmerican and Indian Jesuits in the regionministering to the people of Orissa, thereare concerns for the brothers safety and
the safety of the people they serve. Theviolence has occurred in other statesthroughout India, only increasing theneed for greater protection by the gov-ernment.
As soon as we received the urgentplea from our Jesuits in the area, we werecalled into action and joined them in sol-idarity against these attacks, said Fr.James Stormes (MAR), secretary forsocial and international ministries of theJesuit Conference of the United States.The Jesuits have consistently worked forpeace and reconciliation in the area and
are horrified by the sufferings of the ordi-nary people who always pay the price forthese kinds of conflicts.
Jesuits in the U.S. have been in touchwith the Department of State and the Indi-an Embassy to raise awareness about theviolence and to call for protection of Chris-tians and minorities. Since August, 500Christians and minorities have been killed,120 churches and convents have beendestroyed and more than 4500 homes ofChristians in villages in the Kandhamal dis-trict have been burned. The distinguished
U.S.Jesuits Join IndiasChristians andMinorities in Solidarity
Jesuits Call forHomelandSecurity toAbandonRaids
A man leans on a sign during an immigrationrally and march in Denver Aug. 28 calling forcomprehensive immigration reform. (CNSphoto/James Baca, Denver Catholic Register)
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Tent shelters are set up for displaced people in Raikia village in the Indian state of Orissa. Thousands of people sought shelter in makeshift govern-ment camps in eastern India after being driven from their homes by mobs that attacked Christian communities. (CNS photo/Parth Sanyal, Reuters)
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Jesuit-run Xavier Institute of Managementwas threatened when mobs passed throughthe city of Bhubaneswar in the JamshedpurProvince.
The violence was sparked by the Aug. 23murder of Hindu leader Swami Lax-manananda Saraswathi, a Hindu leader ofthe Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).Although the Indian government hasblamed Maoist rebels for the killing, a back-lash has been carried out against Christiansand other minorities.
In response, 50,000 villagers have fledinto the forests and relief camps have beenset up for over 20,000 villagers who arefrightened to return to their homes. JesuitBrother Paul Marla, who lives in the areawhere the swami was murdered, is report-ed to have gone into hiding as have an
unknown number of priests, nuns and laycatechists. The relief camps in Kandhamaldistrict of Orissa are filled with hungry andsick people, said Fr. Michael T. Raj (JAM),provincial head of the Jamshedpur provinceof the Society of Jesus. Almost all of themhave no homes to return to.
Protection for the minority populationof Christians, who account for only 2.3% ofthe 1 billion residents of India, remains anupmost concern. I was really shocked anddisturbed by the inhuman atrocities beingheaped upon the Christians in Orissa, saidFr. Sebastian Puthenpura (JAM), a Jamshed-pur Jesuit studying in New York. Sadderstill is the fact that the attacks on Christiansare being carried out in other parts of Indiatoo.
The violence has been condemned byPope Benedict XVI who said he was pro-foundly saddened and called for commu-nities to try to restore peacefulcoexistence.
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These raids disproportionately punishthe most vulnerable in our communitiesand fail to pass the policy test of pro-tecting families. While we respect theright of the U.S. government to enforcethe law, the Jesuits argue that dividingfamilies, one of the consequences of theraids, is inherently inhumane.
Over the last year, DHS has increasedits enforcement raids across the nationby using force to enter places of employ-ment and homes to arrest immigrantworkers. Most recently, in the nation'slargest immigration raid at a single work-site, federal agents arrested nearly 600undocumented workers at a manufac-turing plant in rural Mississippi. The
raids often separate U.S. citizen familymembers from their loved ones, createdistrust between communities and lawenforcement and tear at the social fabricof the local communities.
The use of worksite raids by U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) should cease not only becausemore humane methods of immigrationlaw enforcement exist, but also becausethe collateral damage to affected com-munities far outweighs any benefitsgained by the raids, Fr. Thomas Greene(NOR), lawyer and research fellow at theJesuit Social Research Institute, said. Irecently spent an afternoon gatheringinformation on families affected by theraids in Mississippi and the damage wasquite evident. One woman related thatone of her children now cries and hidesunder the bed when the doorbell rings.A woman who is a U.S. citizen and long-time resident of the community talked
about feeling ostracized and getting hos-tile stares from others simply for beingHispanic. Another Jesuit who experi-enced recent raids in Asheville, N.C., Fr.William Ameche (CFN) said, There is asense of deep sadness, confusion, vul-nerability, fear to the degree of panic andhopelessness. These families are left inlimbo.
The Jesuit Conference joins theUSCCB in calling for legislation thatwould allow undocumented immigrantswho are in good standing to pay a fine,as employers do now, and lets them getin line for the opportunity to become cit-izens. As part of a broader reform of ourimmigration system, these measureswould help resolve immigration concernsat their root while also keeping immi-grant families together.
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