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Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 178

Work for Integration With Local Leaders. How can parish leaders work with local leaders to help with the integration of migrating people into their communities? The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) offers suggestions. https://cliniclegal.org/resources/promoting-immigrant-integration- ideas-working-together-your-local-officials

Refugee Travel Ban. The Trump administration travel ban has again been prohibited by the courts. Catholic leaders speak in support of refugees. https://cliniclegal.org/resources/network-nonprofit-immigration-legal-services- lauds-court-stays-travel-ban-and-refugee

Georgia Legislation. There are two bills moving through the Georgia General Assembly that have a likelihood of passage and could adversely affect immigrants, both documented and undocumented. The Georgia Catholic Conference opposes both bills.

HB 37 would bar state funding to private post-secondary institutions which declare themselves “sanctuary campuses.”

HB 452 would require the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to create and maintain a public website with the names of all aliens, i.e. non-citizens, who have been released from federal custody in Georgia.

ICYMI – Seek Qualified Assistance. In this time of uncertainty for many immigrants and refugees, many seek help with legal issues. It is essential that everyone use only qualified attorneys or legal service providers. CLINIC offers resources to avoid unqualified individuals who prey on those in need. https://cliniclegal.org/notario. In particular, check out five tips for avoiding scams. https://cliniclegal.org/sites/default/files/resources/unauthorizedpractice/5-Ways-to- Avoid-Immigration-Scams.pdf If you know someone who may be the victim of immigration fraud, here is a way to file a complaint. https://cliniclegal.org/resources/how-and-where-file-immigration-scam-complaint

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 177

Seek Qualified Assistance. In this time of uncertainty for immigrants and refugees, many seek help with legal issues. It is essential that everyone use only qualified attorneys or legal service providers. CLINIC offers resources to avoid unqualified individuals who prey on those in need. https://cliniclegal.org/notario
In particular, check out five tips for avoiding scams. https://cliniclegal.org/sites/default/files/resources/unauthorizedpractice/5-Ways-to-Avoid-Immigration-Scams.pdf  If you know someone who may be the victim of immigration fraud, here is a way to file a complaint: https://cliniclegal.org/resources/how-and-where-file-immigration-scam-complaint

Refugee Travel Ban. The Trump Administration has issued its revised executive order restricting refugees. Bishop Joe Vasquez, speaking on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, responded with a statement expressing the bishops’ grave concern with the new restrictions. He expressed particular concern for the Administration’s decision to limit the number of refugees to 50,000 a year. “Resettling only 50,000 refugees a year, down from 110,000, does not reflect the need, our compassion, and our capacity as a nation. We have the ability to continue to assist the most vulnerable among us without sacrificing our values as Americans or the safety and security of our nation.” http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-048.cfm

ICYMI – Advocacy Actions. While waiting for governmental action from Washington, there are actions that can be taken now and some of them are more than writing to Congress. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/2016site/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/WHAT-YOU-CAN-DO-3.1.17-FINAL.pdf

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 176

Stay Up to Date on Executive Orders. Although the status of executive orders related to immigration changes frequently, avoid rumors and panic. Follow webinars from the Catholic bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/news/webinar-executive-order-dhs-memoranda/

Advocacy Actions. While waiting for governmental action from Washington, there are actions that can be taken now, with some being more than writing to Congress. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/2016site/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/WHAT-YOU-CAN-DO-3.1.17-FINAL.pdf

Local Governments Have an Impact on Immigrants. Comprehensive immigration reform must come from the federal government, but the lives of immigrants and community life can be helped by local action. Take time to join a webinar discussing local government activities on Wednesday, March 8.  https://cliniclegal.org/civicrm/event/info?id=546&reset=1

Who Are the Refugees and Asylum Seekers? Support refugees and asylum seekers through encountering their stories. Look for the faces of migration. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/faces-of-migration/stories-of-migration/

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 175

To Welcome, To Protect, To Promote, To Integrate. Citing the consistent teachings of his predecessors, Pope Francis identified these responses as necessary for a Christian approach to migrating peoples. We have a duty of civility, justice and solidarity toward our brothers and sisters. http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2017/02/21/0110/00263.html#ing

More Bishops Speak. Cardinal Blasé Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has written of his concerns about the Administration’s executive actions http://www.chicagocatholic.com/column/archbishop-cupich/2017/02/12/executive-actions-on-refugees-and-immigrants-history-and-humanity. According to Catholic social teaching, the basic building block of society is the family but, as Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez says, the immigration raids are breaking up families http://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/02/16/archbishop-gomez-trumps-immigration-crackdown-harming-families.

Executive Action Update.  As this is written, we are anticipating a new revision of the Administration’s travel ban executive order sometime in the coming week. There is still speculation about an executive order related to DACA but, in the meantime, renewal applications are still being processed.

ICYMI – Justice for Immigrants Campaign. The Justice for Immigrants Campaign is supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to support diocesan and local activities by providing information for immigrants and those assisting them. The JFI webpage currently contains a number of items related to recent government activity and ways to protect yourself, your family and those in your parish. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/ The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) also provides resources related to protection of rights for immigrants. https://cliniclegal.org/resources/know-your-rights

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 174

Border Bishops Speak. Catholic bishops of the United States minister along the Mexican border to migrants and speak out in their support. http://angelusnews.com/articles/at-the-mexico-border-catholic-bishops-unite-for-migrants

Executive Action. Following court decisions, the executive orders related to immigrants and refugees remain unenforceable. By all reports, however, the Trump administration is preparing new executive orders, which as they claim, will avoid the legal problems with earlier orders and lead to more deportations. For those who may be affected by any new orders in the near future, it is important to keep abreast of publicly announced changes and take personal action with caution and counsel.

Refugee Resettlement Facts. In the ongoing discussion of refugee resettlement, seek out facts about the people and the processes they go through. (https://twitter.com/jrsusa/status/832658029552115712?s=03)

Justice for Immigrants Campaign. The Justice for Immigrants Campaign is supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to support diocesan and local activities by providing information for immigrants and those assisting them. The Justice for Immigrant (JFI) webpage currently contains a number of items related to recent government activity and ways to protect yourself, your family and those in your parish. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/ The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) also provides resources related to protection of rights for immigrants. https://cliniclegal.org/resources/know-your-rights

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 173

Executive Orders Related to Refugees. The Trump Administration still pursues a broad policy to prohibit refugees and other from entering the United States. While the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked implementation of the executive order, the Administration will likely take additional steps against refugees and immigrants. Anyone who may be affected by the ban should seek legal counsel to make sure they have current information, especially with regard to travel outside the United States. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the decision of the Ninth Circuit http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-036.cfm. The USCCB also expressed the solidarity of the bishops with all Christians and others suffering religious persecution in the Middle East http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-037.cfm.

ICE Enforcement Actions Increase. It is widely reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) has stepped up arrests of undocumented individuals, including those with no criminal history. http://jamiedupree.blog.ajc.com/2017/02/11/immigration-groups-on-alert-over-recent-reports-of-raids/ ; http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/what-to-know-about-recent-immigration-raids-in-us-cities/ar-AAmPImF?li=BBnb7Kz Please consider ways to protect yourself, your family and others in your parish. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/2016site/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Nine-Ways-to-Protect-Yourself-2.3.17-English-FINAL.pdf

Georgia General Assembly. With all the focus on policy activity in Washington, the Georgia General Assembly has had few significant bill affecting immigration. Nonetheless, on February 8, a committee of the House of Representatives added a provision to a bill that would require that driver licenses issued to non-citizens be marked “non-citizen.” (House Bill 136) The bill has still not passed both houses of the General Assembly but, if passed, the statement would apply to licenses issued to all non-citizens, including legal permanent residents (i.e. green card holders.)

Facts About Refugees. In the discussion about admitting refugees to the United States, there is much misinformation spread around. Take time to learn facts from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an agency which works with refugees around the world. http://www.crs.org/media-center/11-things-you-may-not-know-about-refugees

Lobby Days Are Coming! Take the opportunity to join fellow Catholics in advocating Catholic social teaching at Catholic Day at the Capital in Atlanta. More detail and registration at https://archatl.com/events/2017-catholic-day-capitol/ Also, human trafficking is a plague that affect many in society, especially vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees. Join those opposing human trafficking at a General Assembly lobbying day on February 28. #LobbyDay2017

Catholic Charities Atlanta Response to Executive Order. See the response of Catholic Charities Atlanta to the executive orders related to immigration. https://catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/2017/01/27/supporting-refugees-immigrants/

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 172

Executive Orders Related to Refugees. Over the weekend, a federal district court in Washington prohibited implementation of the ban and the Court of Appeals temporarily upheld the prohibition. The administration still pursues the ban. Anyone who may be affected by the ban should seek legal counsel to make sure they have current information, especially with regard to travel outside the United States.

In multiple media releases during the past week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has vigorously spoken in opposition to executive orders issued by President Donald J. Trump regarding refugees. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm The president and vice president of the USCCB spoke in defense of religious freedom for all faiths. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm Catholic bishops expressly spoke in solidarity with Muslim peoples. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-031.cfm

Damage to Families. Consistent with Catholic social teaching, Catholic organizations have focused on the disruptions caused to families by the recent executive orders and by the federal government’s unwillingness to address the problems with our country’s immigration system. https://cliniclegal.org/news/national-catholic-organizations-oppose-executive-orders-affect-immigrants-and-refugees

What is CLINIC? The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) was established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. https://cliniclegal.org/about-us

Migration Mondays. Check out the most recent Migration Mondays, a new series of postings from the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Every week there will be a new informative and inspirational posting. http://justiceforimmigrants.org/migrationmonday/migrationmonday-6/

 

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 171

Administration Changes Related To Immigration. President Trump has begun issuing a series of executive orders related to immigration and refugees, including the ordering the beginning of work on construction of a wall the length of the Mexican border and significant expansion of detention and deportation. In a press release, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) succinctly points out the social and moral problems with some of these actions http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d1e29c8d7ab34d84237ecd8ee&id=1e5feb444a.

Bishops Across the Country Continue to Speak. The leadership of the Catholic bishops spoke out vehemently against the plans for a wall on the southern border and increase detention http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-023.cfm. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston Houston, spoke as a bishop of a Texas diocese http://www.archgh.org/blog/main.asp?Tid=1895&id=461&cat=Archdiocesan. Also, listen to a noted Jesuit author, Father James Martin https://www.facebook.com/FrJamesMartin/videos/10154132008256496/.

Sanctuary Cities. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas and chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration has spoken on behalf of the Catholic bishops of the United States in response to the executive order which would deny federal funding for jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants http://justiceforimmigrants.org/statements/usccb-committee-migration-chair-responds-trump-administration-sanctuary-city-executive-order/.

Migration Mondays. Check out Migration Mondays, a new series of postings from the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Every week there will be a new informative and inspirational posting http://justiceforimmigrants.org/migrationmonday/migrationmonday-5/.

 

 

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/

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 169

Cardinal DiNardo Responds to Video Message From Pope Francis. As part of National Migration Week, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement in response to a video message from Pope Francis that was played at a parish Mass in Los Angeles http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-007.cfm. The Cardinal said: “Ultimately, the question is this: Will our nation treat all migrants and refugees, regardless of their national origin or religion, in a way that respects their inherent dignity as children of God? Pope Francis reminds us we are all equal before God…. Achieving ‘one nation under God’ has not always been easy, but each earlier period of immigration has ultimately strengthened our society. Those who seek to do us harm must be kept from our shores, but those fleeing persecution in need of hope and ready to help us build a better America must be welcomed.”

New President Inaugurated January 20. Donald Trump will be inaugurated president on January 20 and it is still not known how he will implement his campaign promises regarding immigration. Whatever changes come forward, CLINIC has prepared materials to assist immigrants and refugees and it will update materials as changes are announced https://cliniclegal.org/presidentialtransition.

Continued Support from Bishops. Cardinal Blasé Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is among the latest bishops speaking in support of protection for young people brought to the United States and raised here. The Cardinal suggests that these DACA recipients be protected, not prosecuted or deported. Immigrants, he said, have “made America great.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-immigrants-cardinal-cupich-dream-act-perspec-0110-20170109-story,amp.html

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 for workers. https://cliniclegal.org/resources/know-your-rights-workers.