Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 295

2020 federal election year leads to citizenship applications. As a presidential election year approaches, many long-time lawful residents start to give serious consideration to the benefits if United States citizenship. Those working with non-citizens can encourage them to begin the process. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) offers ideas to help move those green card holders toward that goal. 

Everyone has legal rights in the workplace. Federal and state civil rights laws protect all workers from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, gender, religion or national origin. All workers have the right to be safe in the workplace. Download CLINIC’s guide to rights of immigrants in the workplace, available in both Spanish and English.

National Migration Week – January 5 – 11, 2020. The theme for the upcoming National Migration Week is “Promoting a Church and a World for All.” On October 30, Justice for Immigrants is offering an informative webinar with suggestions for celebrating the week. Find more information here.

CLINIC and others to file lawsuit challenging proposed rules. As part of its mission to embrace the stranger, CLINIC advocates for regulations which help immigrants. As the administration increases burdens on those seeking citizenship, CLINIC, on behalf of the Catholic bishops, challenges those burdens. Under current policy, immigrants are typically not eligible to naturalize until they have lived as lawful permanent residents in the United States for five years, speak English, understand U.S. history and civics, and demonstrate a commitment to the U.S. Constitution. There is also a $725 application fee for which 40 percent of applicants need a waiver. CLINIC’s proposed lawsuit will challenge the new, more prohibitive standards for obtaining a waiver. Read more here.

Justice for Immigrants updates. In 2004, the U.S. Catholic bishops joined the Justice for Immigrants Campaign (JFI) to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of goodwill in support of immigration reform. Keep up with all that JFI offers at its website: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/