Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 290

Encourage Naturalized Citizenship. Are there long-time residents in your community who should apply for citizenship? Here are recommendations to “push naturalization.” New citizens benefit themselves and the community.  Check out these free citizenship clinics.

Asylum Seekers Beware. The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Trump Administration permission to enforce tougher restriction yet on asylum seekers at the southern border while courts are still reviewing the new policy. The government can now refuse to consider a request for asylum from anyone who failed to apply for it in another country after leaving their own, but before coming to the United States. For example, migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador cannot seek asylum in the U.S. if they didn’t first ask for it in Mexico.

A Cardinal Speaks Out and Leads a March. Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, NJ, recently led a procession of Catholic people protesting the detention of children and families in jail-like facilities. Many are fleeing violence in their home countries only to find these facilities.

It May Be Old, But It Is Still Good Information. The toolkit on human slavery and migration is still relevant. Slavery for sexual and labor services remains among us. Use the toolkit to identify victims and take action. Undocumented and those who do not speak English are among the most vulnerable. 

ICYMI – Rapid Response to Potential Raids. Do not forget the CLINIC Rapid Response Toolkit to help protect your family.