Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Jesuits report on immigration failures

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a bi-national humanitarian ministry of the Society of Jesus, in conjunction with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Jesuit Conference, has published a study about the human cost of the current immigration system witnessed by staff and volunteers who serve at KBI’s Aid Center for Deported Migrants.
Research indicates that immigration enforcement programs intended to discourage migrants from entering the U.S. without authorization have a negligible, if any, deterrent effect. Instead, findings show that these programs have contributed to needless and widespread family separation, often driving further irregular migration and exacerbating the vulnerability of recently deported women, men and children.
The study, entitled “Documented Failures: The Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S./Mexico Border,” is available here.