What do you, a Honduran citizen, think about US immigration? How does it impact your community? Your family? What would you want to tell people in the United States about immigration?
These were the questions we took with us a town called Mangulile in Honduras. We traveled to Honduras as part of a semester study-abroad program offered by our school, Calvin College. The program is called "Justice Studies," and students are encouraged to explore how we "do justice" in God's world in a variety of areas such as government, security, education, medicine, sanitation, and more. With guidance from the program's directors, Jo Ann and Kurt VerBeek, we prepared interview questions and conducted interviews with more than thirty families in Mangulile. We chose Mangulile because it is located in a rural area highly impacted by immigration. We hope that what we learned there will help to shape our conversations and actions about immigration in our communities and churches in the United States. And we are very grateful to our Honduran hosts and friends who made this project possible and spoke the truth of their experiences into our lives. (To read our introductory post, click here.)
Or visit our introductory post: "The Day Strangers Invited Me in and Clothed Me"