Immigration and Social Issues

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An Immigrants Prayer by Remigio Hernandez
“O holy God, heart of heaven and earth, praised be your holy name. Your daughters and sons, from all peoples of the world, regardless of borders, praise you. We Praise you and give thanks because you have placed in our hands the immigrant pilgrims who make the earth flourish and produce, to bring food to the table of the rich and the poor alike. We praise you and give you thanks because you walk always with those who cross borders, in search of well-being, doing their part in building the world you entrusted to us. On our way, we are mindful of your presence in the promise to Abraham and in the liberation of your people, Israel. We praise you and give you thanks for your blessings on all immigrants, on those who cross all the borders in the United States. And you, O lady of Guadalupe, empress of the Americas, be always our protector and intercessor for reconciliation and the building of equality and peace. Amen.”

Why Immigrants come into the U.S.
According to the International Institute of Boston (2003), about three quarters of immigrants come into the United States to join family members. Some come to the U.S. because of employment opportunities and others come seeking protection from persecution. Immigrants do not come here to deviously infiltrate your communities and purposely take your jobs. They wish the same things for their kids as we (Americans) wish for ours. They want a comfortable home with a fenced yard, decent transportation, education for their children, and an opportunity to live along side their family members. Economic growth in Mexico has been weak since 1994. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico has created less than a third of the million of decent jobs it needs. The average factory wages in Mexico have dropped by more than 5 percent under NAFTA, unemployment has jumped, and unskilled workers are paid only $5 a day. With these statistics provided by the International...
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