Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 303

Church celebrates the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita on February 8. Celebrate the live of St. Josephine Bakhita, born in Sudan and trafficked as a slave until she arrived in Italy where she converted to the Catholic faith, obtained freedom and entered the convent. Following a life of faith, she died in 1947 and was canonized in 2000. Pray for all those subjected to forced immigration today.

Human trafficking in Georgia. The Kemp administration, with the support of First Lady Marty Kemp, will be introducing legislation to reduce labor and sex trafficking in Georgia. Be prepared to discuss the issues as they relate to immigrants and other vulnerable populations with this backgrounder from Justice for Immigrants.

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ICYMI 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.