In an essay themed “Catholic identity” in the Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati, we learn that the archdiocesan Social Action office teamed up with the CCHD to teach a classroom of 8th-graders that immigrants are … human beings. Here’s a snippet:
When their Spanish teacher, Julie Lasso-Rose, began to talk to them about immigrants and introduced them to articles that presented immigrants in a different, more compassionate view, they thought she was, in their own words, “crazy.” In a PowerPoint presentation they produced, titled “Illegals,” their attitudes initially towards immigrants were negative. Immigrants were: “breaking the law, alcoholics, lazy, aren’t educated, don’t pay taxes, and just here to take our jobs.”
Under Lasso-Rose’s leadership and the encouragement of their Father Tom DiFolco, pastor, and Shelly Kahny, principal, they began to learn more about who these strangers are. Father DiFolco set up an opportunity for them to visit St. Leo the Great Parish in North Fairmount where they met immigrants from Guatemala. They also visited the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center where they met young immigrants who are a part of a CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development) funded project called Youth Educating Society (YES). Then, all of their myths and stereotypes about immigrants slowly began to fade away.