“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.”
One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesuit Refugee Service and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools saw the difficult burdens being placed on asylum seekers and refugees from one of the most dangerous areas in the world, and launched a partnership to raise awareness about the plight of children and families from the Northern Triangle of Central America seeking protection in the United States.
Finding legal representation is one of the first hurdles that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. face. Fewer than 50 percent of unaccompanied children going before immigration court are represented by an attorney. Without access to counsel, a claim to asylum cannot be adequately presented or adjudicated. This poses more significant challenges for young children who face complicated and often confusing questions from judges and government prosecutors.
JRS will continue to advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and support Jesuit law schools serving vulnerable people from Central America.
—Christian Fuchs serves as Communications Director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
Lord Jesus, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes, you provided more than food for the body;
you offered us the gift of yourself, the gift which satisfies every hunger and quenches every thirst!
Your disciples were filled with fear and doubt, yet you poured out your love and compassion
on the migrant crowd, welcoming them as brothers and sisters. Amen!