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It takes courage
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Young African refugees take part in a rally marking World Refugee Day June 20 in Sana'a, Yemen.
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Young African refugees take part in a rally marking World Refugee Day June 20 in Sana'a, Yemen.

Regarding “This man is an immigrant,” June 16, page 5:

Thank you for your recent article featuring Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith and his experience as an immigrant. I think the story drives home a very important point that many in our society do not necessarily see: The kind of courage it takes to decide to move from one country to an-other. Bishop Smith is right: The process then (as it is today) has so many obstacles and the immigration code itself is both complicated and convoluted.

As a Jesuit priest and a staff attorney working at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, I encounter on a daily basis immigrants — documented and undocumented — who, despite their traumatic journey to come to the United States, manage to smile and give thanks to God. These men and women have lost so much on their journeys; some of their experiences at the hands of others along their journey make you wonder how undignified some people can be toward another person. But through it all, these immigrants would make the sacrifice all over again in order to have a better life for themselves and their children. Who wouldn’t want a better life for themselves and their children?

Jesuit Fr. Bryan Pham
Los Angeles

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