Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 372

Cardinal Gregory continues advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform. Just as he did as archbishop of Atlanta, Cardinal Wilton Gregory speaks in support of immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. On Wednesday, July 21, the cardinal participated in a news conference on Capitol Hill. He emphasized that the Catholic Church has “repeatedly expressed tremendous concern for families divided by our current broken immigration system.” All families are called to flourish and “this includes immigrants, and mixed status families, who deserve to be treated with justice and charity.” He cited Catholic social teaching which “upholds the teaching that every person has the right to live in his or her own homeland in security and dignity, with opportunities for work.”

Ready to stay. In anticipation of immigration reform that would open doors to citizenship, CLINIC and other advocates announced the “Ready to Stay” program as a way prepare eligible individuals for the legal processes that will follow. Bishop Jaime Soto, bishop of Sacramento and chair of CLINIC called to mind ways organizations previously helped applicants prepare the necessary paperwork to meet developing requirements. Watch for more planning to come in the near future.

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