When I learned of this internship opportunity through one of my professors at Alma, it seemed, as cliché as it sounds, too good to be true – it was a Washington experience that could simultaneously combine advocacy and faith. It had, in short, all of the components I was looking to have in a summer experience.
Being assigned the topic of migration has definitely heightened my excitement. This past February I was able to travel with a school group to the Columban House in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S./Mexico border, where I was able to see for myself some of the effects that current United States immigration policy has. The experience definitely sparked an interest in the area of migration and advocating for migrant’s rights.
Catholic Social Teaching holds that all human life is sacred and must be protected, that all lives are inherently valuable as the children of God, and that members of society must come together to work for the well-being of the community and the poor and vulnerable. The fact that migrants in the United States are seen as lesser and as unworthy of citizenship is abhorrent, and policies must work against this notion. Comprehensive immigration reform must keep in mind the humanity and lives of all parties involved, and must be sensitive to the plight of the migrant. Advocating for more just immigration policy is something I am extremely passionate about, and I look forward to working with the Columbans to do this in the coming weeks.