In Tucson, we will explore border and immigration issues from a variety of perspectives, with particular emphasis on legal and health issues. In the past, we have included activities such as visiting with the border patrol, meeting with lawyers and legal professionals involved in immigrant advocacy, attending a deportation trial, and working with Kino Border Initiative, an organization that helps recently deported immigrants. It is our hope that this upcoming year we will visit those seeking asylum and work with community health advocates.
"My commitment to a just society has very much broadened to include border issues and issues that don't necessarily directly affect me but deserve my attention nonetheless. I realize now that a just society involves many different complex and multifaceted issues."
"This experience strengthened my faith in God. His love extends far beyond borders and that was really apparent to me on this trip"
San Diego, California
In San Diego, students explore education issues through extensive work with at-risk, low income children at the Nativity School. Additionally, the group will meet with the border patrol and be given a tour of the border. They will also meet with various immigrant advocates, giving them the opportunity to reflect on various perspectives on the issue of immigration.
"It was shocking to see the amount of technology and resources that are devoted to border patrol. I think for Gonzaga students especially, if we want to live the Jesuit motto 'men and women for others,' then immigration is an issue we cannot avoid."
"I hope to continue to carry what I learned throughout Justice in January and, now, feel compelled to learn more about the issue so that I can become an educated advocate."