Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 323

Supreme Court denies asylum seekers right to court review. In a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled this week that asylum seekers, including those detained near the United States border, have no right to court review if they fail an initial asylum screening by federal officials. Those seekers may be immediately deported. Catholic immigration advocates decried the decision.

Urge senators to help Dreamers. While the Supreme Court preserved the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program for the time being, a permanent solution for these young people is necessary. The United States House of Representatives has adopted legislation to allow a path to citizenship, but the Senate has taken no action. You can have your voice heard by joining the Justice for Immigrants campaign urging the Senate to act. Furloughs for USCIS employees will hurt those seeking citizenship or other status changes. Thousands of homeland security employees who oversee the nation’s citizenship and visa process will be getting furlough notices unless Congress comes through with the emergency funding sought by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Visa and citizenship applications will be delayed. The Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, has outlined in detail what is needed to continue the visa and citizenship processing work of USCIS.

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ICYM – Supreme Court preserves DACA, for the time being. The United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, June 18, that the Trump Administration had acted unlawfully in the way it attempted to terminate the DACA program. Hence, DACA remains in effect; however, procedurally the Administration can try to rectify its mistakes and try to properly end the program. The ramifications of this decision are not yet completely known but we continue to follow developments. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Justice for Immigrants and many Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, welcomed the decision while encouraging the president and the Congress to work for a comprehensive solution for all needing a path to citizenship.

ICYMI – COVID-19 affects us all. Keep up to date with the latest information on testing and protection as it affects everyone, including migrant and refugee populations. Justice for Immigrants provides resources.