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Students stand in solidarity with migrants

In response to Pope Francis’ call to welcome migrants and to build bridges instead of walls, our university, Mount Mercy University, in Iowa, has formed a partnership with the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas. To learn more about the various difficulties and hardships migrants have to face, we spent four days interacting with migrants in El Paso, learning about violence, human trafficking, and poverty. We took part in a variety of cultural activities, such as visiting parks and shelters, and talked with migrants and formed relationships with them. To raise awareness on our university campus as well, we hosted a speaker to educate our students about the issues surrounding immigration in the United States, and held a day of prayer and reflection. We also wrote letters to lawmakers to encourage immigration policy reform. We are now considering how we might be further called to act in solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters.