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John J. Hurley

My View: Lessons in compassion on a trip to El Salvador

By John J. Hurley

Man’s inhumanity to man is a recurrent theme in literature and sadly, in real life. From the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible to the present day atrocities in Syria, humans continue to exhibit an astonishing depravity when it comes to their fellow man.

I recalled this unfortunate theme recently as my wife and I accompanied Canisius College students to El Salvador and the Kino Border Initiative on the Arizona-Mexico border. The purpose of the trip was to give our students deeper insights into the immigration debate raging in the United States. We wanted them to learn about the Central American migrants’ experience upon arriving at the U.S. border, but also about the conditions in their home countries that cause so many to pull up stakes, leave families behind and embark on a treacherous journey northward.

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