Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 299

Asylum, what is it? Are you at a loss to explain asylum? Read the backgrounder from Justice for Immigrants so you can explain the reasons why our brothers and sisters risk their lives to seek asylum in the United States and why we are called to welcome them.

Let your voice be heard, but you must act by Friday, December 13.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service has proposed rules that will make application for naturalized citizenship more difficult for middle and low-income people. The proposed rule will eliminate several long established waiver practices and increase application fees by as much as 83%. Any citizen can submit comments through an easy to use web page prepared by Catholic Legal Immigration Network by December 13.

Are you prepared to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12? The feast day is rapidly approaching. If you have not made plans for the festivities, see what you can do on the Justice for Immigrants feast day resource page or your local parish bulletin.

Pope Francis is scandalized. Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits during his Apostolic journey to Thailand in November that he has been scandalized by the anti-immigrant rhetoric that he hears. He said: “The phenomenon of migration is compounded by war, hunger and a ‘defensive mindset,’ which makes us think only from a state of fear and that by reinforcing borders we can defend ourselves.”

ICYMI – Stay up to date on immigration news, alerts and resources. Justice for Immigrants offers a “week in review,” action alerts, webinar information and more. Take two minutes today to visit their web page and sign up. You won’t regret being better informed.