Fighting for Human Dignity

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Elias Moo: My name is Elias Moo, I am 22 years old, a native of Oxnard, California.  My
parents were both born in Mexico, my dad migrated to the United States when he was 17 years
old, my mom when she was 16 both seeking a better life.  They were hard workers, my
dad worked in the fields picking strawberries.  I've come to celebrate both cultures that
make who I am as a person.
Fr. Daniel Groody: I am Father Daniel Groody, I am an assistant
professor of Theology at the institute of latino studies at the University of Notre
Dame.   Immigration is a very complex and difficult issue.  One of the things at Notre
Dame that we try and keep alive is the notion of the fighting irish.  The Irish were immigrants
themselves, the issue of immigration is not a new issue.  The struggles that people go
through as immigrants is something that we need to continue to reflect on.  
It's a complex issue, people on both sides of the border looking at each other and yet
not quite understanding each other and not quite knowing whats happening with each other.
Narrator: The University of Notre Dame and the Institute of Latino Studies challenges
students and faculty to address issues in the world in which we live.  One of these
issues, immigration, has been at the core of our development as a society and nation.
 Today, Notre Dame is committed to finding solutions to complex issues like immigration.
Coming to Notre Dame has given me the opportunity to give back to my family, give back to my
community, in ways that I never thought possible.
Narrator: The University of Notre Dame asks what would
you fight for?
Moo: Fighting for human dignity.
Groody: We are the Fighting Irish.