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.
Open Enrollment: Nearly all of our trips are open to individuals, even if a particular congregation is organizing a journey. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can tell you more.
Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
- Border Justice: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church – Bethesda – October 21 to 26, 2016; Register by August 21, 2016 – total cost is $850
- Religious Leaders and Seminarian Border Witness, October 31-November 5; Register by September 4. Cost is $850 ($700 for seminary students).
- Border Justice: First Parish in Lincoln – November 12 to 18, 2016; Register by September 13th, 2016 – total cost is $900
The cost of a trip changes depending on the number of days/nights that a group stays. However, the average stay of 6 days/5 nights will cost $850 per person. Pricing does not include airfare. Additional expenses may include passport application or renewal and vaccinations.
UUCSJ is committed to making our programs accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the financial aid request section of the program application.
For additional fundraising we recommend that participants use Faithify, the Unitarian Universalist crowd funding website, which can help either congregations or individuals raise money to cover their costs.
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.