Maria Benevento is a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a graduate of Creighton University, where she majored in theology and American studies and minored in justice and peace studies and Spanish. 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, before working at NCR as a Bertelsen editorial intern from 2017 to 2018.
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Bethany House of Hospitality, a staffed house that serves as a haven for migrant women, is just one of many ways that U.S. Catholic sisters support asylum-seekers. Sisters connect them with legal aid, counseling for trauma and other resources to help them resettle in the U.S.
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Catholic leaders have decried the Senate's rejection of compromise legislation to protect young immigrants brought to the United States as children, and the role that the Trump administration played in discouraging consensus.
Immigration activists say they are committed to passing a Dream Act without anti-immigrant measures, despite Trump's recent insistence that any legislation protecting DACA recipients be paired with his policy demands.