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  • Sacred Conversations 2016

Consider the plight of the immigrant worker

For the past 13 years, I have had the opportunity through my job to develop deep and caring relationships with many Latino and African immigrant families living in the Beardstown and Rushville areas. I have visited folks in their homes, celebrated the births of new babies, and cried when families have been torn apart because a mom or dad was deported.

I have heard the heart wrenching stories of people who left their families, their homes, their cultures — everything they knew — for a brighter future in the United States. I have been amazed to witness the commitment and determination of my immigrant brothers and sisters to succeed in this country. Often it means working up to 10 hours per day, six days a week, at a meat-packing plant, then taking English as a Second Language classes four to six hours a week, and/or enrolling in college classes to get the degree they earned in their home country up to U.S. standards.

Read full story here: http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1545203238/Consider-the-plight-of-the-immigrant-worker

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