Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 381

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Justice for Immigrants has an inspiring set of meditations to pray the rosary for vulnerable populations. See a full week of the meditations here. Real people of Afghanistan. The media carries a lot about Afghanistan, but here is an opportunity to hear directly from people from Afghanistan … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 380

80,000 green cards have gone to waste. In the complicated calculus that governs immigration, the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30 saw the transfer of an estimated 80,000 green card applications, some of whom have been waiting years for the opportunity to apply for citizenship. The applications were delayed because of increased … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 379

Reduced Department of Justice (DOJ) resources adversely affect low-income parties in immigration proceedings. Non-profit organizations representing low-income individuals in immigration administrative proceedings may offer trained “accredited representatives” to their clients. The accredited representatives act much like attorneys in assisting clients, but they must be accredited by the DOJ. Approval of applications is now taking seventeen … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 378

“Title 42 Regulations” have been used since March 2020 to turn away refugees at the southern border. These regulations have been used to turn away virtually all refugees at the southern border without proper legal review based on unsubstantiated claims of poor health. Advocates and legal scholars have decried implementation of these regulations as a … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 377

World Day for Migrants and Refugees is Sun., September 26. Commemorate the day designated by Pope Francis with the resources offered by Justice for Immigrants. The theme this year is “For An Ever Wider ‘We.’” Pope Francis: Welcome immigrants and refugees. During his apostolic visit to Hungary and Slovakia, the Holy Father challenged developed countries … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 376

How to help Afghan refugees. Thousands of Afghan refugees are being housed in the United States and at other locations around the world. See Justice for Immigrants resource page. For local opportunities, see Catholic Charities Atlanta. Haitians also need help. Although other news has pushed the earthquake and hurricane in Haiti off the front page, … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 375

“Remain in Mexico” policy to be reinstated. The Trump Administration adopted a policy by which asylum seekers or migrants seeking entry to the United States would be returned to Mexico until their case could be adjudicated even though international law prescribed that they be help in the United States pending the result of the hearing … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 374

National Migration Week. Scheduled for September 20-26 and taking its theme from the Vatican’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees on September 26, the week in the United States will celebrate “An Ever Wider We.” Justice for Immigrants will offer a webinar of resources to prepare for the celebration of immigrants. Estamos Unidos Asylum Project … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 373

What is the Catholic Church doing on the border? There is much controversy about what the current and previous administrations have done to asylum seekers and others crossing the border. Catholic charity organizations have reached out with assistance. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and Catholic Charities USA have issued a statement on what they … Read more

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 … Read more