Maria Benevento began work at NCR in 2017 as a Bertelsen editorial intern. She is a native of Kirksville, Missouri, and a 2015 graduate of Creighton University, where she majored in theology and American studies and minored in justice and peace studies and Spanish. Prior to joining NCR she spent two years as a full-time staff person at the Oakland Catholic Worker, a transitional shelter for Latin American immigrants and asylum seekers.
Five protesters, including NCR's Tom Fox, had faced charges of trespassing onto the Kansas City National Security Campus, as part of the annual Memorial Day protest.
Catholic groups are adjusting to meet the needs of asylum-seeking families from Central America who arrive fleeing violence in their home countries. But as faith-based groups on both sides of the border address humanitarian concerns, the U.S. and Mexican governments often react to the migrants in ways that make things more difficult for asylum seekers and threaten to overwhelm those who support them.
Many campus ministers have the same simple advice for programs that are exploring how to better serve the expanding population of college-age Latino Catholics: Listen. It's not about translating materials, but rather embracing the value that people already bring.
An interim final rule from the departments of Homeland Security and Justice and a presidential proclamation bar migrants who cross the border between ports of entry from applying for asylum.