BorderLinks: Immigration Justice
Human rights are at stake on the U.S.-Mexico border, and a UUCSJ Immigration Justice program is your chance to understand the issues and respond. Through meetings with partners, listening to migrants tell their stories, and walking the dangerous desert paths so many of them risk in crossing the border, you will experience the depth of the immigration crisis firsthand. We work closely with our partner organization, BorderLinks, and we ground the journey in theological reflection and conversations about how our faith calls us forward to action. You’ll return home prepared and inspired to be a leader for immigration justice.
For information on how one UUA partner is approaching issues of immigration justice, visit the NDLON website: http://www.ndlon.org/en/
- Border Justice: May 21–26, 2015; open enrollment (TRIP CONFIRMED)
- Border Justice: Congregational journey with First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR — October 19 to 24, 2015; register by August 16, 2015, $850
- Border Justice: Clergy and Seminarian delegation — November 2 to 7, 2015; register by September 13, 2015, $780
- Border Justice: Congregational journey with UU Fellowship of Marion County — November 9 to 14, 2015; register by September 6, 2015, $850
- Border Justice: Youth group journey with University Unitarian Church of Seattle — April 9 to 16, 2016; register by February 1, 2016; click here to register.
Pricing does not include airfare.
Scholarships are available for those with financial need, contingent on fund availability, and are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. Please fill out the financial aid questions in the application to apply for aid.
If you are interested in organizing your own congregational group or youth group, we will work with your group and the dates that you prefer. For more information, please see our page on congregational trips and our page on youth group trips.
If you have any questions, please contact us here.
UUCSJ’s Study Guide, a resource for cross-cultural engagement
Harvest of Empire (1:33 run time), directed by Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez
Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky (available through the UUA bookstore). Read the latest from our own Beacon Press. This is a very readable book that focuses on the entire notion of declaring human beings to be “illegal,” shining a new light on the history and current reality of migration.
Reframing Global Economic Policies, from the collection of essays, Justice in a Global Economy, ed. Brubaker, Stivers and Peters. The entire book is worth reading (link below), but this essay is of particular importance in understanding the U.S. role in the economic structures that contribute to current immigration.
Justice in a Global Economy, Pamela K. Brubaker et al.
Trails of Hope and Terror, by Miguel de la Torre
Immigration on the Border, a television episode on World Channel about issues on immigration from both sides of the fence
BorderLinks is a binational, nonprofit educational organization at the U.S.-Mexico border. The organization focuses on cross-border relationship-building opportunities, immigration issues, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the United States, and beyond. BorderLinks has extensive experience designing programs, and nearly 1,000 individuals participate annually in BorderLinks learning opportunities.
All programs are led by two bi-lingual Borderlinks staff and one UUCSJ program leader.