Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 296

Role of religion in lives of resettled refugees. Refugees who leave their home country, pass through resettlement camps and finally reach a place where they can peacefully resettle, must often rely on their faith. Yet there have been few studies on how religion influence refugees. Princeton University and USCCB Migration Resettlement Services teamed up to offer a symposium on the subject. See a report on the presentations.

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Human trafficking can show up anywhere, but immigrant communities are especially vulnerable. Be alert for signs of human trafficking in your community and speak out against trafficking. The USCCB provides a variety of useful information. Take time to educate yourself and your vulnerable communities. “Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime.” Pope Francis.

ICYMI – 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.

November 12 is an important date for D.A.C.A. On November 12, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that will dramatically affect the lives of 800,000 Dreamers who came to the United States as children and have qualified for protection under the Deferred Action Child Arrival (DACA) program. The Court could determine whether the program can continue or must cease. A decision is not likely until late spring 2020. Those eligible for renewal of their registration should promptly take action to preserve their registration without waiting for a Supreme Court decision.