Oral history interview with Donald M. Kerwin, Jr., 2013.
Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies.
Scope and Contents
Story of an event in 2011 in Alabama where noted Freedom Rider and young DREAMer activist found parallels in their civil rights journey; testimony to the House of Representatives on abuses by Immigration officials and Border control to immigrants; raised in Washington D.C. with a social justice-oriented reading of Catholicism; joined Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) to work with Haitian boat people in 1992; promoted to Executive Director of CLINIC; development of the network of legal service providers across the country to aid immigrants in the United States; relationship between Catholicism and immigration activism; importance of Carnegie Corporation in development of CLINIC; methodology of the Woodstock Theological Center to educate on faith traditions and immigration; role of faith in social justice work; partnership with Carnegie Corporation on shared vision for immigration integration, citizenship, legalization, voter rights; discussion of current laws and options for immigrants to become legalized: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, waivers, Temporary Protected Status, Kennedy-McCain Immigration Bill, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, DREAM Act, refugee program, asylum; Vice President at Migration Policy Institute; appreciation of Carnegie's large vision and personal attention; future possibility of the United States as a non-immigrant country; immigrants exhibiting emblematic U.S. values.
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