Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 264

Pope Francis Speaks of Fear. Speaking at a conference about ways to help migrants and refugees, the Holy Father relied on scriptural teaching to emphasize freedom from fear when interacting with others. Follow the Pope’s teaching by encountering others and be freed from fear.

Join Pope Francis in Praying for Victims of Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Violence. Each month, Pope Francis suggests a prayer intention. For February 2019, the Holy Father asks us to pray “for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.” Watch Pope Francis address this intention.

Bishops Speak in Opposition to Funding the Wall on U.S. – Mexico Border. On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said, “We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.” The bishops of the border dioceses expressed similar opposition.

What is So Bad About the “Remain in Mexico” Policy? The Administration continues to create difficulties for those seeking asylum, a right guaranteed by U.S. federal law. The most recent change in policy sends asylum seekers back across the Mexican border to await processing in dangerous conditions. See an analysis by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). Click here to send a message to the Department of Homeland Security.

Georgia General Assembly is Now in Session. Human trafficking is a plague in Georgia and preys on vulnerable young people, especially those who fear standing up for themselves. Over the last several years, the General Assembly has considered and enacted laws to curtail trafficking and open treatment for survivors. This session, House Bill 234 proposes additional steps in facilitating prosecution of traffickers and providing protection for survivors.

New Americans Celebration. More than three hundred people visited the Georgia State capitol to learn about refugees and ask legislators to be advocates for them. Representatives of the Georgia Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities Atlanta and the Archdiocesan Office of Life, Disabilities and Justice joined in the crowd, which made an impact on state senators and representatives. Click here to view images on Twitter.