A Voter Registration Drive on the US-Mexico Border, as Immigration Takes Center Stage

Millennial writer Nichole Flores is quoted in a new article by Michael O’Loughlin at America:

At St. Mark’s, registration drives were held on the first two weekends in October, during which about 750 people registered to vote. Those attending the trainings promised to register more people on their own….

The registration drive at St. Mark’s was held in collaboration with the Hope Border Institute, an El Paso-based organization that promotes Catholic social teaching in cities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Over the course of seven weeks beginning in August, the group hosted a series of workshops entitled “The Border Votes” about issues they say Catholics should consider in the voting booth, including global migration, the environment, an “economy that kills” and life issues….

Nichole Flores, a professor at the University of Virginia who leads a seminar on religion and politics, said she’s been heartened to hear some Catholics talk about immigration as a “non-negotiable” when it comes to voting. “Immigration, responsibility to refugees, migrants and those seeking asylum, those are not-negotiable issues. Church teaching is quite clear on them,” Ms. Flores said.

You can read the full article here.