Eight Cabrini faculty and staff members and Class of 2007 graduate Meghan Hurley traveled to El Paso, Texas and its sister city across the Rio Grande River, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to study and research aspects of immigration.
The group stayed from June 19-23, 2007, and lived in a house in Juarez, Mexico, operated by Annunciation House, an organization that aids immigrants who have crossed into the U.S. without work documents and are considered "illegal" or "undocumented."
Along with Hurley, the group was comprised of Professors Ann Servey, Nicholas Rademacher, Kathy McKinley, Jeff Gingerich, Nancy Watterson and Jerry Zurek, Wolfington Center staff member David Chiles and Father Michael Bielecki.
They met with residents and organization agents on many facets of the immigration issue, including:
Annunciation House, with facilities on both sides of the border, does not help people cross the border, but provides food, clothing and shelter to newly arrived immigrants.
"Since St. Frances Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants," said Dr. Jerry Zurek, "that Cabrini College should have a deep understanding of the issue was clear to us and to Dr. Guerra, Margaret Fox-Tully, and President Iadarola, who supported this trip."