Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 271

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. As we send Archbishop Gregory to Washington with our prayers, we must remember his continuing support for immigrants and refugees in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, from his installation Mass homily in Spanish to the present. He spoke out against the ending of DACA and against the separation of families. He also called for justice for immigrants in multiple homilies interviews:

We can be sure Archbishop Gregory will continue his service and advocacy for immigrants from his new home in Washington, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta will build on his legacy in north and central Georgia.

Anna Marie Gallagher Appointed Executive Director of CLINIC. The Board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), where Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah and I serve, has elected Anna Marie Gallagher as its new executive director. Read more about Anna and her qualifications, which lead us to expect more great things from CLINIC.

Stations of the Cross – Rome or Atlanta. If you cannot join Pope Francis in Rome for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, come to the urban Stations of the Cross sponsored by the Justice and Peace Ministries of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The theme of the meditations will be human trafficking in the light of the Cross. Stations in Atlanta will begin at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 8:45 a.m. and end at the King Center. Get more information here.

Pope Francis has asked Consolata Sister Eugenia Bonetti, 80, a long-time advocate against trafficking, to prepare the texts for the evening service.

ICYMI – Urge U.S. Government to Resettle 30,000 Refugees in This Fiscal Year. Is that a lot? The average number of refugees authorized for resettlement in the U.S, has been 90,000 over the last forty years. Half way through the 2019 federal fiscal year, we are on track to resettle about 23,000, Refugee resettlement in this country and in Georgia under the leadership of Catholic Charities has benefited the refugees and our own nation. See the Justice for Immigrants website for more information and a way to urge more resettlement.