Governmental policy and legislation report no. 21

Pope Francis continues to support migrants throughout the world. For the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis called on everyone to work together to build a more inclusive and fraternal future. “Migrants are to be welcomed, accompanied, supported and integrated,” he said on Sept. 25.

The ground under DACA continues to shift. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is unlawful, but returned the case to a lower court for further consideration. Nonetheless, current registrants can continue to renew their status for the time being. Advocates for migrants have spoken against the decision. Anna Gallagher, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) said. “This decision is wrong and only exacerbates the uncertainty felt by current and potential DACA recipients….It is imperative that Congress enacts permanent legislative solutions so [these brothers and sisters] can live and work in the U.S.—free from fear or threat of deportation.” See other statements here.

2022 general election is coming. Catholic teaching recognizes participation in public life, including voting, as a moral obligation. Absentee and early voting is permitted in Georgia, but it is very important to follow the rules carefully. Election Day is November 8. Early voting begins October 17. Make a plan to be sure you can vote and exercise your constitutional right.

In September, Pope Francis asked everyone to pray for the end of the death penalty. Our prayers must continue, but we are also called to action. See the resources prepared by the Catholic Mobilizing Network and choose a step you can take.

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