By: Roxane Ramos
The past year was filled with important events for the Kino Border Initiative, starting with the KBI’s fifth anniversary last January. Here are the highlights from 2014.
The KBI’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration: In January, the Kino Border Initiative celebrated five years of service at the border and working to educate and advocate throughout the U.S. and Mexico. A forum at the Museo del Arte in Nogales, Sonora, was attended by more than 200 supporters and featured world-renowned human rights defender Father Alejandro Solalinde of Oaxaca as the keynote speaker.
The KBI Fourth Annual Dinner: Held in Phoenix on March 29, 2014, last year’s fundraising dinner drew a record 220 attendees and raised over $140,000, more than doubling the amount raised the previous year, with local philanthropist Joe Anderson spurring donations by offering to match the first $50,000 raised. This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, February 28. For more information and to purchase tickets, please see: www.kinoborderinitiative.org/2015-kbi-annual-dinner-reservation/.
Bishops at the Border: On April 1, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent an impressive delegation of clergy—including seven bishops and 17 priests—to draw national attention to the immigration crisis. Cardinal Seán O’Malley celebrated Mass at the border, an event attended by scores of people on both sides of the fence.
The KBI’s Honorary Degree: Santa Clara University acknowledged the comprehensive work of the Kino Border Initiative “to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality” with an Honorary Doctorate of Pastoral Ministry at their commencement ceremonies on June 14. Father Sean Carroll, S.J., the KBI’s executive director, received the degree on behalf of the KBI.
President Obama’s Executive Action: In November, the Jesuits of the United States, Jesuit Refugee Services/USA, and the Kino Border Initiative issued a statement welcoming President Obama’s executive action to end the legislative gridlock and place pressure on Congress to make immigration reform a priority. The President’s order will provide temporary stays of deportation to as many as five million undocumented migrants who live in fear of discovery and separation from their families, but there are another 6 million undocumented immigrants whose situations are unaddressed by the order. To read the complete statement from the Jesuits of the United States, JRS/USA, and the KBI, please see: http://www.jesuit.org/news-detail?TN=NEWS-20141121032132.