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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 10

House of Representatives. The House of Representatives adjourned for its August recess until early September without taking any action on any aspect of immigration reform. While negotiations continue during the recess, it is doubtful that any action will take place on the floor of the House before sometime in October.

In conjunction with our Catholic lobbying partners, such as Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, we will continue to keep Catholic teaching on immigration reform before our elected representatives. Homily helps, draft bulletin inserts, and updated background papers on key issues are still available at the Justice for Immigrants website.

(Reminder) Archdiocesan Immigration Reform Implementation Task Force. The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Ministry will offer a program on “Immigration Reform: The Call to Participation” at St. Andrew’s Church on September 14 to present an authentically Catholic approach to immigration reform. In addition, a video and handouts from the Task Force’s June 19 presentation are still available on the Georgia Catholic Conference website: http://georgiacc.org/

Please take time to contact members of the House of Representatives and ask for support for comprehensive immigration reform. They may be most effectively contacted through the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website at:

http://www.capwiz.com/justiceforimmigrants/issues/alert/?alertid=62312721&type=CO

The website helps identify the correct representative for each individual depending on voting residence.

I can provide additional information on request.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 9

House of Representatives.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asks that we use the August congressional recess time to publicly advocate for immigration reform and there are homily helps, draft bulletin inserts, and updated background papers on key issues at the Justice for Immigrants website.

While Catholic bishops continue to advocate for the comprehensive immigration reform, they also work for passage of important parts of the reform, especially those sections related to children and youth. During the past week, Archbishop Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, speaking on behalf of the bishops of the United States, offered testimony supporting legislation that would allow a faster and more efficient path to citizenship for young people brought to the United States as children.

Archdiocesan Immigration Reform Implementation Task Force. The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Ministry will offer a program on “Immigration Reform: The Call to Participation” at St. Andrew’s Church on September 14 to present an authentically Catholic approach to immigration reform. In addition, a video and handouts from the Task Force’s June 19 presentation are still available on the Georgia Catholic Conference website: http://georgiacc.org/

Please take time to contact members of the House of Representatives and ask for support for comprehensive immigration reform. They may be most effectively contacted through the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website athttp://www.capwiz.com/justiceforimmigrants/issues/alert/?alertid=62312721&type=CO

The website helps identify the correct representative for each individual depending on voting residence.

I can provide additional information on request.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 8

House of Representatives.  It now appears that the House will not take up immigration reform before its five week recess that begins August 2. Nonetheless, public discussion continues. More religious leaders continue to speak out in favor of reform recognizing, as does Archbishop Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration that the status quo is “morally unacceptable.”  On July 18, more than 90 Catholic university presidents were joined by dozens of academics in sending a letter supporting immigration reform to every Catholic member of the House of Representatives, including House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Evangelical Immigration Table, a broad cross section of Evangelical religious leaders, continues to advocate for issues similar to those espoused by our Catholic bishops.

Litigation. In the litigation regarding Georgia HB 87, a federal district judge dismissed that part of a case which alleged the unconstitutionality of the provision which racial profiling. The court ruled that the plaintiffs could not prove that the law was unconstitutional in every instance. The court left open the possibility that other plaintiffs were not prevented from filing separate lawsuits challenging the statute or that there might be individual situations where allegations of discrimination might be made. The court previously ruled that Georgia cannot enforce provisions of HB 87 which would have punished people who, while committing another crime, knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants or encourage them to come to Georgia.

Archdiocesan Immigration Reform Implementation Task Force. The archdiocesan conference for pastors and parish representatives was attended by more than 60 people in the Chancery and by other individuals at over 60 computer locations. A video of the presentation and a copy of the handouts can be found on the Georgia Catholic Conference website: http://georgiacc.org/

Please take time to contact members of the House of Representatives and ask for support for comprehensive immigration reform. They may be most effectively contacted through the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website athttp://www.capwiz.com/justiceforimmigrants/issues/alert/?alertid=62312721&type=CO

The website helps identify the correct representative for each individual depending on voting residence.

I can provide additional information on request.

Immigration Reform Implementation Taskforce Presentation

Friday, July 19, 2013 11:00am

 Watch the Implementation Taskforce Live by following this link.

https://new.livestream.com/archatl/irtaskforce


Follow along with these downloadable Presentation Aids:

GCC – Task Force presentation outline

GCC – Preparing for Legalization

GCC – Preparing for Legalization – Spanish

Justice & Peace Ministry Immigration Task Force Information

CIR PResentation from Catholic Charities Atlanta

GCC – Notario fraud flier 4-23-13

GCC – Notario fraud flier 4-23-13 SP

GCC – SUMMARY OF SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 7

House of Representatives. While the House of Representatives has returned from its July 4 recess, whatever progress is being made on a House immigration reform package is occurring in press statements of various members or out of sight meetings and negotiations. By most reports, the Republican majority in the House is divided in its desires with the expectation that House Republicans will seek increased penalties for the undocumented and greater tax expenditures on southern border security with minimal, if any, support for legalization. The Church continues to support the vital need for a legalization process.

Archdiocesan Immigration Reform Implementation Task Force will offer an information conference on Friday, July 19, for pastors and their representatives who will be responsible for coordinating immigration activities at the parish level. Bishop Zarama, chairman of the task force, said: “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of attending this upcoming presentation on Immigration Reform Implementation for pastors and their appointed immigration ministry representatives. We must start preparing now for how each parish will answer the call to support our immigrant brothers and sisters on their journeys to documented status.”

Archdiocesan Comprehensive Immigration Reform E-mail/Postcard Campaign remains an important part our advocacy by encouraging parishioners to contact members of Congress by email or postcards. See the memo from the Office of Justice and Peace Ministries in the June 17 Communique for details.

Please take time to contact members of the House of Representatives and ask for support for comprehensive immigration reform. They may be most effectively contacted through the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website at:  http://www.capwiz.com/justiceforimmigrants/issues/alert/?alertid=62312721&type=CO

The website helps identify the correct representative for each individual depending on voting residence.

I can provide additional information on request.