On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Hope Justice committee held an Immigration Summit at Mariandale in Ossining, New York. Attendance was over 100. The goal of the day was to contribute to a shift in the U.S. approach to immigration law and practice, and to develop strategies for future collaboration.
A tableau reflection, presented by three immigrants and one sister, called us all to attention on the immensity of the issue and the changes it calls forth from us. Panelists representing law, faith education and the Dream Act fed both our heads and hearts. Moderator Dr. Anele Heiges, OP (Adrian) introduced the panel and following their comments, asked focused questions. Panelists were Christopher Portelli, Esq. of NY Legal Assistance Group in NYC; Deirdra Cornell, author, Catholic Worker, Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Mexico, wife and mother of five with 30 migrant godchildren; and Rev. Petero Sabune, of the African Partnership Office for the Episcopal Church, who spoke about immigration facts and fiction.