immigration in kc

March 8, 2008

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Today I attended a summit on immigration in KC.  Maybe the most profound statement of the day came from a middle-aged, white, suburban woman whose family had felt deeply & personally the pain of deportation.  She urged the gathered community that educating our city, rather than drawing battle lines, was an important strategy in finding a way forward.  Many of us simply do not understand the issues in tension and up for discussion.

Also represented at the Summit (by an acquaintance of mine, Sarah Pierce, who works for Catholic Charities) was Kansas City’s refugee population.  Our community has been given some unique opportunities to support individuals & families who come to our very city with stories beyond imagination.  Our lives will only be the richer for investing tangibly in these neighbors.  (Sarah’s put together some great opportunities; please e-mail me to learn more.)

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