By Sue Weishar, Ph.D.
Salvador and Maribel Tejeda, immigrants from Honduras who have called the New Orleans area home for 33 years, are proud of the life they have built for themselves and their family in the United States. Through hard work and sacrifice, they raised two daughters, bought a comfortable home in the suburbs, and provide financial support to family members back in Honduras. Salvador coaches soccer for children and adults in their Jefferson Parish community. In May, Maribel will graduate from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. More>>
During the last twenty years, and especially following Hurricane Katrina, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of migrants – both documented and undocumented – in the southern states. More and more immigrants are settling into nontraditional urban and rural receiving communities in the South, where the Hispanic population more than doubled during the 1990’s. The Jesuit Social Research Institute seeks to provide practical, collaborative participatory action research, social analysis, theological reflection, and advocacy related to the issue of migration in the Gulf South in collaboration with Jesuit social and migration networks, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Catholic diocesan ministries serving immigrants in the Gulf South, and other advocates. Our Catholic faith is deeply rooted in the experience of migration. More
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