It’s still dark when students gather inside Regina Hall on the campus of St. Xavier University for a 6 a.m. bus ride to the doorstep of one of this nation’s hot-button issues.

Some are up before dawn to earn class credit; some are on a mission of change; all are willing to sacrifice sleep for a glimpse at how this country’s immigration laws impact real people.

Jazmin Brito, a senior studying communication sciences and disorders, said the journey of compassion to the Broadview Detention Center, where immigrants living in the country illegally are processed for the final time before being deported, is a reason to set the alarm early.

“Deportation affects my culture. I’m Hispanic. I have friends that have been deported and their families have been separated,” she said. “It really hits close to home.”  More here…