Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 286

What Are the Bishops Speaking Out On? The Catholic bishops watch the signs of these turbulent times and are speaking out.

Harmful Rhetoric: Elected officials must exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds that shootings have caused and deal with the scourges of racism, xenophobia, and religious bigotry, including refraining from expressing hurtful, painful, and divisive rhetoric that dehumanizes and polarizes people on the basis of their race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. 

Asylum Rule:  A proposed rule related to asylum seekers would turn our back on the vast majority of asylum seekers, requiring them to apply for protection in almost any other country through which they transit, leaving access to U.S. asylum exceptionally rare. Not only do we believe that this rule is unlawful, but it also jeopardizes the safety of vulnerable individuals and families fleeing persecution and threatens family unity. Further, the rule undermines our nation’s tradition of being a global leader providing and being a catalyst for others to provide humanitarian protection to those in need.

Public Charge Rule: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA have submitted comments in opposition to a proposed federal rules that would limit the ability of persons seeking lawful residency or citizenship if they access public benefits even if they are legally entitled to those benefits. “Families already in the U.S. will be faced with deciding whether to access critical assistance programs for which they qualify, knowing that in doing so they could jeopardize their ability to stay here with their loved ones.”  

Want More In-depth Information on Immigration Topics? Immigration law is complex but Justice for Immigrants offers webinars to explain the issues. Even if you missed a webinar or want to hear it again, JFI maintains a library of past webinars for later viewing.

ICYMI — Your Rights!  The ICE raids in Mississippi demonstrate the importance of preparation. The CLINIC Rapid Response toolkit provides important resources for anyone who may be in danger of detention. Study the materials before you need them.