Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 357

Archbishop Hartmayer speaks on horrific murder of Asian women. People of good will were horrified by the violent deaths of eight people, six of whom were Asian. Our archbishop reacted with compassion and a request for prayer. He said, “We must speak up against any aggression and we must be active in our pursuit to end racism and discrimination of every kind.”

Pope Francis and migration. In his recent encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” Pope Francis surveyed the needs of migrating peoples. Study the Pope’s teaching with a guide prepared by Justice for Immigrants so that you can focus on immigration issues.

American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 6. The federal bill is intended to make protection permanent for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who know no homeland but the United States. The bill would also establish a pathway to citizenship for these individuals. Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and incoming chair of the USCCB committee on migration, laid out the bishops’ support for the bill in a statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. Passage in the Senate remains problematic, but advocates are working to bring about legislative changes that have been needed since the Obama administration adopted a temporary policy for Deferred Enforcement for Childhood Arrival (DACA). See a detailed summary of the bill here.

ICYMI — Do you want a deep dive into immigration law and policy? This year, Catholic Legal Immigration Network is offering their four-day annual convening virtually. This is an excellent opportunity to learn without the expense of travel. See the details at here.

Justice for Immigrants. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sponsors the Justice for Immigrants campaign. Make sure you are not missing out on any of the new materials we are putting on the @USCCBJFI website. See JFI transition documents and the new FAQs on recent executive actions. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org, scroll to the bottom of any page and fill out the form.