Dignity and Justice or Immigrants
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Movement on Immigration Reorm
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Creating Community Across Borders
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Catholic Charities USA’s Volunteer o the Year Finalists
Rev. George Kloster
Catholic Charities USA’s 2013 Volunteer o the Year
Advocating or Innovation and Reorm
Catholic Charities Leaders Visit Capitol Hill
Universal Solidarity in Christ’s Ministry
A Refection on the O’Grady Institute Experience in Israel and Palestine
Working to Reduce Poverty in America
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Over my lietime, I’ve been asked a lot o questions about my lastname o Liljenquist. “Where does it come rom?” Or sometimes,“What nationality is it?” And always, “How do you pronounce it?” While I’ve never tried to veriy this, I would guess that this line o questioning is a rather common American experience. I know that I’vedone my air share o the asking, always intrigued at the names I’ve runacross and trying to guess their origins.Te sheer number and variety o names we Americans go by reects who we are as a nation. We are an immigrant nation. oday, about75 million Americans are oreign born. And except or people nativeto this continent, the rest o us can trace our ancestry back to othercountries.Scattered throughout our amily lines are the stories o our ancestors who rst set oot on American soil. Tose who came o their ownree will did so because they hoped to nd something in America thatthey didn’t have in their homeland: personal and religious reedoms,opportunity, prosperity, and, in some cases, saety.I we look back into these stories, we will nd that our ancestors’motivations are the same motivations or immigrants today, whetherthey are authorized to be here or not. Tey are looking or something better or their amilies and children, and in many cases that is simply the opportunity to earn a living.Tat’s a motivation I understand, that I empathize with. It’s a motivation that Catholic Charities understands and empathizes with. And truly, people deserve that rom us—understanding and empathy, whatever their circumstances. It’s part o honoring their human dignity. And in the case o immigrants, it’s also a part o seeking justice orthem. As the immigration debate rages, I hope we remember our own origins,our own ancestors, and their struggles, and give thanks or the blessings we enjoy because o them. And I hope we can see our ancestors in theimmigrants o today.
PS: It’s Swedish, and it’s pronounced “LIL-yen-kwist.”
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