Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 284

Your Rights! For the past three weeks, this report has included links to important web pages which explain the legal rights of individuals who are questioned by a law enforcement officer. The report has also linked to pages that are useful in preparing for the possibility of deportation. Please continue to refer to these pages before the need arises.

Attitude Is Important. In his Angelus reflection, Pope Francis reminds us that hospitality requires an attitude of service and contemplation toward individual or toward migrating peoples in our midst. In contemplation and service, we share the joy of Christ’s presence.

Catholic Day of Action. On July 18, members of various Catholic religious orders, lay affiliates and others participated in a day of action at the Capitol in Washington to demonstrate against the continued detention of immigrant children. Approximately 80 participants were arrested when they refused to leave, including religious sisters and a Jesuit scholastic.

Refugee Resettlement. In response to reports that the Administration may eliminate the acceptance of any refugees for the next fiscal year, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez has issued a statement on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops saying that elimination of the resettlement program violates our national principles at a time when the number of displaced persons worldwide is exploding. Refugees admitted to the United States are subjected to an extensive vetting process that can take 12 to 18 months.

ICYMI – Immigrant Advocates Go to Court. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Public Counsel, and Goodwin Procter LLP go to court on behalf of the plaintiffs, who arrived in the United States as children, unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and a temporary restraining order, blocking implementation of the Administration policy, which would limit the protections given child immigrants under federal law.

In another case, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a suit to prohibit the mass raids scheduled by the Administration until each of the individuals proposed for deportation has had the opportunity for an impartial hearing.