Friar John Koziol is on the right
A recent update from the pastoral council at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro, Georgia pointed out that the council has offered a grant for supplies to a program that runs US citizenship classes. Students who come from many different countries in the world will now have the necessary materials to learn about the United States, become Americans, and fully participate in the country's political process.
St. Philip Benizi's pastor - Friar John Koziol - is a Conventual Franciscan. His fellow American friars have for a long time been advocating immigration reform and the proper, humane treatment of all men, women, and children who enter the United States, whether they are documented or not.
America has for more than two centuries been evolving into a nation of growing equality, a place where more and more Americans can access all the rights the country has to offer. The Conventual Franciscans are working to make sure that immigrants - many of whom are poor and vulnerable to exploitation - do not become a secondary class of residents in the United States, unable to take advantage of America's many opportunities.