Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 162

Election and New Administration. The bishops of the United States’ meeting in Baltimore last week adopted a strong statement of support for immigrants. http://usccb.org/news/2016/16-158.cfm See also: http://catholicregister.org/home/international/item/23586-as-trump-talks-deportation-bishop-sends-message-on-immigrants-dignity. In addition to a new president of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo of Houston-Galveston, the bishops also elected Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, as their first Hispanic vice president. https://cnstopstories.com/2016/11/16/archbishop-gomez-brings-latino-voice-to-new-leadership-role/

What Can Be Done To Prepare? Exactly what the new administration will do or how quickly it will act is uncertain. CLINIC has published information for addressing issues that will be raised with the new administration https://cliniclegal.org/presidentialtransition. These issues are continuously developing as information comes from the new administration, even though it is likely that definitive information will not be available until after January 20, 2017. Remember that no matter who is president, all persons have rights that a president cannot just eliminate. Be sure to review your rights. https://www.nilc.org/issues/immigration-enforcement/everyone-has-certain-basic-rights/

DACA. Many observers believe that the new administration will end DACA registrations. Nonetheless, here are some of the benefits to individuals and the country from the DACA program. https://twitter.com/hashtag/WithDACA?src=hash

Pope Francis on Video. Pope Francis addressed the bishops at their Baltimore meeting by video. The Holy Father gave particular recognition and support to the Fifth National Hispanic Pastoral Encuentro, which will occur in 2017. http://usccb.org/about/leadership/usccb-general-assembly/2016-november-meeting/message-of-his-holiness-pope-francis-for-the-v-encuentro.cfm

Deportations? As the time for the new administration approaches, concerns grow about the possibility that there will be deportation of large numbers of undocumented migrants. Do not underestimate the risk from the new administration, but mass deportation will not be easily accomplished. See an analysis from NBC News. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/four-roadblocks-to-trumps-unprecedented-deportation-plan/ar-AAklM0l?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp