Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 302

Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and human trafficking. The Kemp Administration is raising the visibility of human trafficking in Georgia with several legislative proposals that will be publicly introduced in the next week. The Georgia Catholic Conference has supported legislation to reduce trafficking and to educate the vulnerable. Trafficking is a national and international issue. Read more background information prepared by the Justice for Immigrants campaign established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Another excellent resource for refugee services is provided by Bridging Refugee Children and Youth Services at https://brycs.org/.

Executive order has been enjoined. The Executive Order 13888 prohibited the longstanding refugee resettlement program in any state where the governor failed to sign a declaration that allowed the federal program in that state to continue. All, but five governors (including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp), signed the declaration; however, whether the declaration is signed or not a federal court has temporarily prohibited implementation of the executive order and the resettlement program can continue, even in Georgia.

The USCCB provides more information. Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, welcomed the court ruling in that it supported the unification of families as a primary factor in initial resettlement.

Show Hospitality to the Stranger. Speaking on the need for unity among Christians and all people, Pope Francis said that the gift of baptism “links and expands our hearts, and opens them to our neighbor, who is not an adversary but our beloved brother, our beloved sister.”