Governmental policy and legislation report No. 11

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization. In response to the widely discussed draft Supreme Court opinion on the Dobbs case related to overturning Roe v. Wade, Archbishop William Lori, USCCB Pro-life Committee chair, released an statement that emphasized the need for prayer, fasting and outreach to women in need.  Likewise, Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer of Atlanta asked for support for parish respect life ministries. Assuming the draft opinion becomes final, legislative action in Congress and the Georgia General Assembly is likely in the coming year.

Ukraine Catholic update. There is no doubt that Ukraine continues to suffer under the invasion from Russia. Nonetheless, during a visit to the country, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York observed: “I thought I would come to Ukraine and see great depression. Yes, I see sadness and pain, but I am impressed by the vitality, hope and solidarity of Ukrainians.” Read more here. 

USCIS temporary final rule. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a temporary final rule on May 4, which increases the automatic extension period for Employment Authorization Documents, known as EADs, up to 540 days. Specified noncitizens with pending EAD renewal applications whose automatic extension has lapsed and whose EAD expired will be granted an additional period of employment authorization beginning on May 4, 2022. This is an important extension because COVID and other delays by the agency have created problems for non-citizens who want to comply with the law have been unable to do because of inaction by the government. As always, it is important to consult with an immigration attorney to see who may qualify.

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