Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 312

Don’t forget to pray. Our own dioceses provide resources for the time of
COVID-19 isolation: Atlanta and Savannah.  Pray also for migrants: CLINIC.

What immigrant supportive activities can I do at home? Even while isolated at home, there are ways to support immigrants.

Request a ballot. Voting by mail is a two-step process. You must first mail a request for a ballot and, when you receive the ballot, complete the form and mail it before the election date. If you are eligible to vote, be sure to complete both steps to have your vote counted. See instructions here.  

Complete the census questionnaire. Every resident of the United States must be counted in the 2020 census, including those who are not documented. The results of the census determine representation in Congress and the allocation of many federal benefits. Only one person in a household needs to complete the form for all persons living there. If you have not been counted, the official questionnaire can be completed on line at Read this information about the protection of your personal information.

Stay up to date on immigration and refugee issues related to COVID-19. Keep yourself and those around you safe. Justice for Immigrants provides updated information directed to the particular issues related to the effects of COVID-19 on immigrants and refugees.

Naturalization can be processed remotely. For those eligible for naturalized citizenship, the process can be accomplished remotely. Help yourself or seek those who can help. There is no need to wait because of isolation or quarantine.

Sponsoring an unaccompanied child out of federal custody is a great service of justice. If you are considering sponsoring an unaccompanied minor out of federal custody during this time of COVID-19 crisis, read this information from CLINIC. 

ICYMI – Return to the office better informed. In addition to working remotely, use time at home to increase your knowledge of immigration issues. Justice for Immigrants maintains an online archive of webinars. Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) also offers a variety of toolkits to broaden your knowledge of ways to help immigrants and refugees.