Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 168

Bishops Support BRIDGE Act Proposal. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, asked members of Congress to support the BRIDGE Act, which would provide temporary relief similar to that provided by DACA.

 In-State Tuition for Georgia DACA Students. A Superior Court Judge in Fulton County has ruled that students who are “legally present” in the United States by virtue of DACA may be assessed in-state tuition only in Georgia public colleges and universities http://ht.ly/Z6UU307GVuY. While this ruling could save students thousands of dollars, it is less significant with the possibility that the DACA program will be discontinued under the Trump administration.

Georgia General Assembly Convenes. The Georgia General Assembly began its 2017 legislative session on January 9. While immigration is primarily a federal issue, Georgia legislators will seek to increase restrictions on immigrants, refugees and other foreign nationals. http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-lawmakers-readying-raft-tough-bills-immigrants-refugees/JOTJhhuKFhnY2npRkdt4iN/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0ODM2NTAwMDEsImV4cCI6MTQ4Mzc2NTE5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teWFqYy5jb20iLCJleHAiOjE0ODM3NjUxOTksImF1dGhlbiI6ImJ5cGFzcyJ9XX0.DYzOPy_oZ2qBkPpC6gTMnzal0U64AqGaTkpPb9w0_pQ&uuid=CA42305D-4292-49C5-AB9A-829AC42ED786

ICYMI – Resources for Workers and Students. While we wait to see what changes may emerge in immigration law in the coming year, there are resources available to help immigrants know their rights. See CLINIC publications explaining rights for students https://cliniclegal.org/resources/know-your-rights-students and workers https://cliniclegal.org/resources/know-your-rights-workers.

ICYMI – National Migration Week Is Coming. National Migration Week is January 8 – 14, 2017.  Please use this USCCB Justice for Immigrants toolkit in your parishes and other communities. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/2016site/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NMW-2017-Toolkit.pdf