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A retired salesman, Brian believes America allowed him to realize his full potential. He welcomes immigrants if they go through proper legal channels and contribute to society by working hard, raising families, and following their dreams. Brian worries that people living here illegally fuel the nation’s budget deficit. He thinks laws should be enforced wisely and cautiously, but says the more we love and learn about our fellow humans, the more barriers we can eliminate.

In early 2018, CRS launched: Be UnAfraid as s part of the larger, Share The Journey, global refugee support campaign. This two year project was inspired by Pope Francis. who has called for Catholics globally to make pilgrimages and to encounter their neighbors.

In April we asked dozens of refugees and their American neighbors to start critical conversations by sharing their stories with each other.

What they discovered is that the very fears that tear us apart can actually bring us together.

Photo by Jeremy Cowart for Catholic Relief Services