Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 297

Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA). The future of DACA has been very much in the news during the past week.

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that challenged the Trump Administration’s legal authority to rescind the DACA program. The recession has been held up pending a decision from the Supreme Court. It is difficult to determine how the Court might rules but a decision is expected in late spring 2020. In the meantime, DACA recipients whose registration is due for renewal are advised to apply for renewal.

The Catholic bishops of the United States elected Archbishop José Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, as the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Archbishop Gomez is a native of Mexico who migrated to the United States and is the first Hispanic to become president of the USCCB. He has been a strong voice for just and comprehensive immigration reform and he advocates for continued protection for DACA recipients as a moral obligation.

Other bishops across the country have spoken out in support of DACA recipients.

Outside the Court building, Catholics gathered in prayer.

CLINIC executive director shared her border experiences with the bishops. Anna Gallagher spoke to a plenary meeting of the Catholic bishops and described her experiences at the southern border where thousands are waiting for the opportunity to plead for asylum in the United States. She spoke of “seeing crowded shelters without adequate food and sanitary services and meeting migrants who had faced a variety of travails, including beatings and abuse and one who almost had a child kidnapped.”

Asylum Seekers and the Rosary.  As have so many migrating people before them, those seeking asylum at the southern border, carry their rosaries across the desert. See a reflection.

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.