Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 170

Administration Changes Related To Immigration. As of this writing, we have not seen what the new administration will do with regard to immigration. Action is anticipated in the near future.

Bishops Across the Country Continue to Speak. Whatever changes may come from the administration, Catholic bishops continue to speak in support of immigrant and migrant peoples. Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange – we are side by side. http://occatholic.com/essential-message-to-immigrants/ Also, Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3eTfAuB7yU

DACA and BRIDGE Act. In advance of the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States, nearly 900 religious, civil rights, ethnic and immigrant rights organizations, including the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), have written to the president elect urging that the new protect the more than 740,000 individuals who currently hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. They also have urged support of the BRIDGE Act which would legislatively protect those individuals at least until Congress can act in a more comprehensive fashion. https://cliniclegal.org/news/cusp-inauguration-day-nearly-900-organizations-urge-president-elect-trump-continue-daca

In-State Tuition on Hold. Although a Superior Court has rules that students lawfully present in Georgia under DACA are entitled to pay in-state tuition at public colleges, the Court of Appeals has placed the ruling on hold until further hearings are held. http://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-judge-order-state-tuition-for-daca-immigrants-hold/qTfmmOm6fYpijodCiGXXBP/