Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 347

Happy New Year! 2020 was a difficult year in many ways for all of us. The pandemic was particularly difficult for immigrants and refugees, but the problems were made more difficult for them as the administration made oppressive regulatory changes. We offer prayers that the new administration will bring relief through more reasonable regulations.

Webinar – Immigration Policy for the Incoming Administration. In anticipation of the incoming Biden administration, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has developed policy recommendations and justifications that would reverse policies of the current administration and benefit immigrants and refugees. Join CLINIC experts for a free webinar explaining these policy recommendations on Thursday, January 21.

Immigrant families have benefits in the recently signed stimulus bill. The new bill allows payments of $600 for an individual U.S. citizen and $600 for each dependent child in households with an undocumented spouse. Families may also  recover the COVID-19 relief check denied in the spring 2020 first round of stimulus payments — $1,200 for each U.S. citizen taxpayer and $500 for each U.S. citizen child — when they file their 2020 taxes in the spring. Read more.

Elections do have consequences. Newly elected Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor announced that the county would no longer participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program, under which local law enforcement are deputized to carry out immigration enforcement responsibilities typically performed by ICE agents. This constitutes a significant change for law enforcement in the county, which has one of the state’s largest populations of people who are living in the country illegally.

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