Meet Lauren Snell, CCAO Intern on Migration

August 22, 2012

Lauren Snell

Given the opportunity to research about migration in areas around the world and then share findings with others is immeasurable. Growing up, I become intrigued by the topic because to family and friends, the issue of migration looked like hazardous material that they did not want to debate. However, looking through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, migration can be discussed in a proactive way that some people may not have realized previously.

One of the most important aspects of comprehending migration is trying to understand the reasoning behind an individual’s act to move to another place. Questions pop up such as “Is the act of migration a want or a need?” or “Was the act of migration chosen or forced?”

No matter the answers to these questions, Catholic Social Teaching tells us that through solidarity, we are one human family whatever our national, racial, economic, and ideological differences. The borders of a city, state, or country should not dictate the movement of an individual if that person needs to migrate in order to obtain bare necessities for him/herself and loved ones. We cannot accept others’ suffering if we can do something about it. In reference to the life and dignity of the human person, Catholic Social Teaching tells us that every person is precious; so how can we, as a one human family, built on love and community, segregate ourselves from others less fortunate? Uniting ourselves is the first step in moving forward in the future of migration. Whether we unify in support of immigration or unify in the opposition against human trafficking, we can stand strong against adversity, as long as we believe in our purpose.

All in all, I look forward to learning more about migration and how it pertains to national and international agendas.