IN THE NEWS A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

How does prayer factor into immigration issues?

Immigration—enrichment, survival, threat? It's a subject that's being debated in many parts of the world and has been highlighted by recent violence in areas around Johannesburg, South Africa. There, immigrants who have fled other African countries for safety and a better life, have been beaten and killed by crowds of South Africans, whose lives often aren't that much better than the immigrants.'

I split my time between Spain and the United States, both of which have their own immigration pressures to deal with. Last year about 31,000 Africans in more than 900 boats headed for the Canary Islands in Spain, the prime gateway to Europe. About 6,000 died or disappeared, according to the United Nations estimates, leaving behind destitute families. Others have been deported.

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