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Statement from a Pastoral Letter written by the Bishop of Tulsa, Edward J. Slattery:
This letter states that immigration is a moral issue, not just simply politcal, economical, or social issues; and it is a moral issue because it impacts on the well-being of millions of our neighbors. And because it is a moral issue, it must be examined in the light of our faith in Jesus Christ.
Papal Letter written by Bishop Slattery


Group Interviews:

Lauren K's Interviews:


Interview #1:

1. What do you know about immigration?
I guess I know that it means that people moving from their land of birth to another country.
2. How do you feel about it?
I feel that it’s a good freedom that people should have. People should be able to move as they desire. I believe the government should allow people to move as they please. They shouldn’t hinder it.

3. Do you think that immigration is morally acceptable by God and the Church?
I can’t think of anything biblical that prohibits people from moving freely from one place to another.
4. Would you ever consider immigrating to another country? Why or why not?
Actually, I would consider it. If moving to another country afforded me more freedoms, more benefits, more opportunities and better standards of living. I would defiantly consider it.
5. Do you know anyone who’s immigrated either to the United States or to another country?
I’ve known people who have immigrated to the United States from other countries. But I haven’t personally known anyone who has immigrated to other countries. Most of the people I’ve know who have immigrated to the U.S. have been co-workers.
6. Do you think that immigration should be illegal? Why or why not?

I don’t believe that it should be illegal. But I do believe that it should be requirements for citizenship. I think the government should be responsible for making sure that when people come into the country, before they are extended benefits of citizenship, that they go through due process to become citizens.

Interview #2:
1. What do you know about immigration?
I know that back during the turn of the century, there was a big population of European immigrants looking for a new beginning.
2. How do you feel about it?
Well, there’s really nothing I can do about it. I see it as some of our rights as U.S. citizens are sometimes being taken away when immigrants come here but don’t pay taxes or don’t become citizens.
3. Do you think that it’s morally acceptable by God and the Church?
Who can know the mind of God?
4. Would you ever consider immigrating to another country? Why or why not?
I’ve thought about it. In my travels [during the navy] and I got a chance to see a lot of the world. I think it would be hard, for me, because of the language barrier and cultural differences.
5. Do you know anyone who’s immigrated either to the United States or to another country?
Personally, no. I’ve known friends-of-friends who’ve immigrated to the United States, but never anyone I knew personally.
6. Do you think that immigration should be illegal? Why or why not?
No, but I think that it should be more regulated and scrutinized than what it is now.


Lauren K's Articles:
OPINION: Mis-Immigration
This article gives opinions about immigration and how it is affecting our country.

Introduction to Immigration Reform: The Ongoing Debate
This article gives a view of both sides of the onging argument about immigration.

Lauren K's Work Cited:

Source #1: Tyler, Rick. "OPINION: Mis-Immigration." 22 June 2007 Web.14 May 2009. <http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3304541>.
Source #2: "Introduction to Immigration Reform: The Ongoing Debate." Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources. Eds. K. Lerner, Brenda Lerner, and Adrienne Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 1 pp. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Mercy High School Media Center. 14 May 2009
http://find.galegroup.com/ips/start.do?prodId=IPS.


Alexa's Interviews
Interview #1: I interviewed my mom, Linda, who is 41 years old and she had immigrated here when she was 5 years old from Iraq I was really able to see her view on what she had done by immigrating and this is my interview with her.


Interview #2: I interviewed my 26 year old cousin, Irene, who moved here from Iraq when she was 16 years old, so she's lived here for 10 years exactly and I was able to see how she made a living here when she moved to America and this is my interview with her.

1. What is your definition of immigration?
· People moving from one country to another to find a better living.
2.
What are your views and opinions on immigration?
· Immigration is a life changing event that can happen in anyone’s life that wants to move from one country to another. People should be able to because it’s a free country. Me and my family were very lucky to have immigrated from Iraq to America. And I think that people should not be scared to because anyone should have that freedom to live a better life and make a better living for them and their family.
3.
Do you think it is against the Catholic Church to immigrate from one country to another?
· No, it shouldn’t be against the Catholic Church because it is not morally wrong to immigrate from one country to another.
4.
Do you think it should be legal or illegal to immigrate?
· Legal, it should stay legal so people can find a better living and live a better life. But it should be done legally, and not illegally with the proper paper work, etc.
5.
Have you ever had an encounter with immigration in your lifetime? If so, please elaborate.
· Yes I have, when I was 16 years old I moved from Telkaif, Iraq to Southfield, MI because my parents wanted to give me and my siblings a better living in American, rather than in Iraq. I was a sophomore in high school when I came, and I attended Southfield-Lathrup High School. It was really hard to learn the language from speaking Chaldean to English. As a family, we would have a tutor come to the house once a week and teach us the language of Americans. We were able to get it within time. And now I’ve made it this far in my life and I think that was the best decision my parents have ever made for us.

Alexa's Articles:
America Should Welcome Immigration
This article explains how we should allow immigrants into our country. We should do this because they may have benefits for us by coming and living here, and even if they don't there is no harm done. Another reason is that we should be indebted to our immigrants because most of what we have in America today, started off in many countries previously. This article talks about many more reasons why we should allow immigrants into our country.

America Should Discourage Immigration
This article talks about how we should discourage immigration in America. It first talks about the situation in Europe and how their immigration turned out and now it says that we should prevent it before we have to cure it. It also talks about how if we join in with other people from different countries, they will steal what we have and eventually it will just all backfire back onto us.

Alexa's Workcited:
1. Linda Bahoura. Personal Interview. 14 May 2009.
2. Irene Yeldo. Personal Interview. 12 May 2009.
3. Nichols, Thomas L. "America Should Welcome Immigration (1845)." Opposing Viewpoints: Immigration. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Mercy High School Media Center. 12 May. 2009 <http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/infomark.do&contentSet=GSRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T010&prodId=OVRC&docId=EJ3010227236&source=
gale&srcprod=OVRC&userGroupName=lom_mercyhs&version=1.0>.
4. Davis, Garrett. "America Should Discourage Immigration (1849)." Opposing Viewpoints: Immigration. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Mercy High School Media Center. 12 May. 2009 <http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/infomark.do&contentSet=GSRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T010&prodId=OVRC&docId=EJ3010227237&source=
gale&srcprod=OVRC&userGroupName=lom_mercyhs&version=1.0>.




Brittany's Articles:

Two Views of Immigration
This article explains two very real and important views of how people view immigration. It allows us to see each perspective and opens up eyes to the controversial opinion. It tells how some view immigration as a new, opening, prosperous experience for immigrants while others complain that it is ruining the economy and destroying our country and how it needs to be regulated.

Christmas reminds us of immigrant status
This article from the religious publication "Biblical Recorder" reminds us of a few bible stories that should make us think twice about the way we treat immigrants moving into our country. It encourages people not to mistreat foreigners and to be open to new immigrants in our country.

Brittany's Interviews
interview with Cesar Garcia

interview with Hector Puente

Brittany's Bibliography:

"Christmas reminds us of immigrant status." Biblical Recorder. Ed. Norman Jameson. <http://www.biblicalrecorder.org/post/2008/12/17/Christmas-reminds-us-of-immigrant-status.aspx>.
Cesar Garcia
Hector Puente

Jillian's Interviews:
Interview 1:
Interview with Jeanine on her opinion of immigration.


Interview 2:

What does immigration mean to you?
  • I believe that immigration refers to people coming from a foreign place to stay in our country.

Do you think immigration is right?

  • I think that as long as the immigrant has gone through the proper procedures while coming into our country then it is ok. I do not think that illegal immigration is good. I think that they just don’t want to take the time to become a legal citizen, but I do believe that immigration is ok as long as it is done legally.

What are your thoughts on illegal immigrants?

  • I believe that illegal immigration is wrong and there should be some major consequences. They need to be sent home right away and if they want to stay then they will have to go through the same process as all of the other immigrants. I think that it makes our country unsafe and I think that they do not obey government rules.

Do you think it is acceptable for foreigners to be come here if their spouse is already a legal citizen?

  • I think that if they are married to a U.S. citizen then they should be allowed to come here. I also believe that our country still needs to be cautious; therefore they should still have to go through some procedures to enter the country but not as many as the normal immigrant.

Should immigrants be allowed to come here for medical help?

  • I think if they are coming just for medical help then they should get treated and then leave. If they are coming for medical help and staying here for an extended amount of time then they need to become a legal citizen.

Do you think immigration has an effect on our economy?

  • I believe that immigration is bad for the economy. I feel that they are part of the problems that go on in today’s society and also think we need to be careful of how many immigrants are letting come into our country. We have to realize we still need enough jobs for the born citizens.

Do you think that they take jobs from born citizens? / What kind of jobs do you think they affect the most?

  • Yes, I believe that they are taking jobs from born citizens. I think that most of the jobs that they do when they get over here involve manual labor but I also feel that they are getting jobs just because a company needs to meet the quota. I feel that’s not right and they shouldn’t be getting a job any easier than a born citizen can.

Do you think it is too hard to become a citizen and that’s why there are many illegal immigrants?

  • No, I think our government is just trying to keep us safe and I believe that the government is taking the proper precautions to protect the country. I feel that if the immigrant wants to be a citizen bad enough then he/she will go through the process necessary to become one.

Jillian's Articles:
This article talks about the effects of immigration on our jobs and society.
Illegal Immigration

This article talks about a reporter who believes immigration is just insane and has a horrible effect on the economy.
Immigration insanity

Jillian's Works Cited:

Hosse, Paul. "Another Opinion: Illegal Immigration". May 9, 2009 <http://hosse.blogspot.com/2006/06/illegal-immigration.html>.

Jeanine. Personal Interview. May 11, 2009

Joseph. Personal Interview. May 13, 2009

Putnam, George. "One Reportes's Opinion: Immigration Insanity". May 14, 2009 <http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/5 /15/230818.shtml>.