Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 154

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The 13th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference Reflected Hope. The Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, co-sponsored by CLINIC in Washington, DC, typically focuses on nonpartisan policy discussion with an academic focus. This year it offered an electorally timely twist: not just policy, but politics as well. Here is a good summary of what is going on https://cliniclegal.org/news/ilpc-immigration-immigration-policy/13th-annual-immigration-law-and-policy-conference-reflected.

Citizenship Day 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) celebrated Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Sept. 17 with nearly 240 naturalization ceremonies across the country. More than 38,000 candidates became America’s newest citizens https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-celebrates-constitution-day-and-citizenship-day-federal-partners-and-welcomes-more-38000-new-citizens-during-constitution-week. At Atlanta’s Turner Field, 755 new citizens were naturalized.

Pope Francis Joins Other Religious Leaders in Prayer for Peace.  In Assisi, home of St. Francis, Pope Francis participated in a day of prayer for peace, openness toward refugees and calls for religions to marginalize fundamentalism http://ht.ly/yHcd304rm7T.

Pope Francis Pleads in the Year of Mercy. The Holy Father says that the world needs a merciful response to refugees http://angelusnews.com/articles/the-world-needs-a-merciful-response-to-refugees-pope-francis-says.

Number of Undocumented Immigrants Remains Stable. According to Pew Research, the number the undocumented immigrants in the United States has remained stable at around 11.1 million http://ht.ly/BR5L304rkv0. Nonetheless, the Gospel calls us to serve those who are among us.