Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 158

Archdiocese of Atlanta Produces Faithful Citizenship Videos with Local Focus. Look at the Archdiocese of Atlanta website for the new videos encouraging conscientious voting http://archatl.com/catholic-life/faithful-citizenship/. In particular, look at Archbishop Gregory’s introduction and the video on immigrants and refugees presented by Vanessa Russell, CEO of Catholic Charities Atlanta.

ICYMI – Vote “Yes” for Safe Harbor! The Georgia election ballot will contain a proposed constitutional amendment to secure funding for rehabilitative services for minors who have been trapped in human trafficking for sex. Traffickers prey on vulnerable youths, including those in migrant families without papers. See more about this important constitutional amendment and consider supporting rehabilitation services in the year of mercy and beyond. http://www.safeharboryes.com/

Political Promises. As the 2016 election cycle moves toward November 8, immigration promises and threats from candidates become more numerous. Now is also the time to study those promises and question their sincerity. Keep in mind that after the election it will be important to hold elected officials accountable http://ht.ly/JVOy305iwTO.

Pope Francis on the Importance of Welcoming the Stranger. Strong words from the Holy Father to pilgrims from Germany. “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” he said. “If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite” https://cnstopstories.com/2016/10/13/christians-who-reject-all-refugees-are-hypocrites-pope-says/.

Young People Are Benefiting From DACA. As the DACA program comes to its fourth anniversary, government reports tell us that 741,546 unauthorized young people have received DACA. If you are eligible for DACA but have not applied, now is the time to do so https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2016/10/18/146290/new-study-of-daca-beneficiaries-shows-positive-economic-and-educational-outcomes/.