After Mississippi Immigration Raid, Pastor Tries To Calm Chaos

Born in Puerto Rico Pastor Velez, who voted twice for President George W. Bush, moves effortlessly between Spanish and English.
After the raid, he found himself at the center of a crisis. Velez became not only a shoulder to cry on, and the dispenser of checks underwriting families' grocery and utility bills, but also the organizer of a significant food drive, as well as an all-around advisor and translator. Full Story »

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Subjects: World, U.S., Religion
Topics: Immigration
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Posted by: Posted by Sandip Roy - Oct 17, 2008 - 9:52 AM PDT
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Edited by: Derek Hawkins - Oct 17, 2008 - 10:42 AM PDT

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Derek Hawkins
3.9
by Derek Hawkins - Oct. 17, 2008

What an interesting character New America Media has found in Pastor Roberto Velez. This profile takes a captivating look at the effects a mass ICE raid can have on a community and a community leader. We see how Velez role is far beyond a spiritual leader here. I find myself wanting just one, maybe two more sources to say something about Velez to get another perspective on him.

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Kristin Gorski
3.7
by Kristin Gorski - Oct. 18, 2008

This article shows effectively how local community leaders -- in this case, clergy -- have had to step in as immigration sweeps have turned many small towns upside down. Details from Pastor Velez's point of view provide additional insight. The reporter mentions other communities in similar situations; I would like to have read more about them, also, and from any other experts and sources, to provide more of a big picture for this piece. These tragic sweeps seem to be becoming more widespread across the U.S., yet I'm not sure how often these are being reported on.

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Sandip Roy
4.3
by Sandip Roy - Oct. 17, 2008

This profile of a pastor in Laurel, Mississippi highlights the growing role of the church in the immigrant rights struggle.

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