The rights of those who differ from ourselves

Fourteen students from the high school ‘Exile and Immigration’ class came together in conversation with four of New Sanctuary Coalition’s community members – three friends recently released from detention and a family member.

This series, “Finding Light: Sharing Experiences of Immigration Detention” aims to illuminate the stories of immigrants in the United States and the impact that detention has on individuals and families.


At a time like this when everyone is thinking in terms of world problems, it is sometimes hard to keep our minds on the small problems of the day-to-day life of our children. Yet the way that the foundations of democracy are built is by daily habits of recognizing the rights of those who differ from ourselves.

—Elisabeth Irwin