Category Archives: Georgia Legislation

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 355

Archbishop Hartmayer supports repeal of death penalty in Georgia. House Bill 485 would repeal the death penalty in Georgia. See Archbishop Hartmayer’s strong statement supporting the bill. 

Biden Administration challenged by increasing number of unaccompanied children. President Joe Biden pledged to provide more humane treatment for unaccompanied children at the southern border; however, the numbers are increasing, and means to unite the children with families and cost of care create a logistical and human challenge. See more details. The administration is also trying to unite families in the United States and find ways to keep them together.

Support Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). In 2019, CLINIC launched the National Immigrant Empowerment Project, or NIEP. This multi-year project was made possible with funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (@PovertyUSA_CCHD). Learn more about the good work that grew from this funding. Remember to contribute to the 2021 Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

ICYMI – Pray the rosary during Lent. As you pray the mysteries of the rosary during Lent (and other times as well), remember our migrating brothers and sisters with the rosary for vulnerable migrants populations.

Justice for Immigrants. 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, scroll to the bottom of any page and fill out the form.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 277

Refugee Webinar on June 5. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services and Princeton University are sponsoring a webinar on June 5 at 2:00 pm Eastern as part of a long term project to study the role of religion in integration of refugees in their new country. To register for this free event, please click here.

Pope Francis and the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis returns again to the topic of migrating peoples and asks us to see them as they are so we can respond in faith. “It is not just about migrants, it is about all of us… Dear brothers and sisters, our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.” See the full statement for 2019 as well as previous year here.

Georgia Continues To Direct Resources Against Human Traffickers. During the past week, Governor Kemp and Attorney General Carr announced plans to expand law enforcement funding to seek and prosecute those involved in human trafficking, a continuing scourge in Georgia. Read about it here.

Why Can’t Georgia Do This? Driver licenses or identification cards for undocumented immigrants have led to safer highways and clearer responsibility. In Georgia, the undocumented cannot hold a license as identification card. Read more here.

ICYMI — Trying to Help Immigrant or Refugee Children and Their Families But Don’t Know Where to Find Resources. There is a wealth of awesome resources from Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services website

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 276

President Trump Has Proposed Legislation To Change the Current Immigrations System. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Joe Vásquez, chair of the Committee on Migration, have taken exception to some of the proposals. In particular, USCCB seeks continued emphasis on family based immigration policies, not strictly merit based immigration. Catholic teaching has long supported the family as the basic building block of society. Quoting Pope Francis: “Family is the place in which we are formed as persons. Each family is a brick that builds society.” Furthermore, the bishops continue to support those currently protected by DACA and those who are legally in this country under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). See the complete statement here.

Do We Need More Border Security? The Administration seems to think that we do, but read this thoughtful article from the Center For Migration Studies.

Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board Dismantled. In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly established the Immigration Enforcement Review Board to consider complaints related to immigration enforcement compliance against local governments. The Board has been largely ineffective and Governor Kemp has signed legislation dissolving it. 

There’s An App For That! There is an app for everything, but how about an app to help integrate refugees and new comers into a new country. A graduate student at Washington State University is working on an application to help refugees integrate into England. Why could we not develop one for Georgia? Just a thought.

ICYMI — Trying to Help Immigrant or Refugee Children and Their Families But Don’t Know Where to Find Resources. There is a wealth of awesome resources from Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services website

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 267

What is Needed for Dreamers and TPS Holders? Auxiliary Bishop Dorsonville-Rodriquez of Washington, DC testified on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) before a congressional committee. He asked for legislation to include protection for DREAMERS and path to citizenship for them; a path to citizenship for temporary protected status (TPS) holders and continued protection for unaccompanied children, asylum seekers and family-based immigrants. Click here for the full statement.

11th Circuit Denies DACA Holders Request. The Georgia Board of Regents policy denies college admission to DREAMERS who ae seeking admission to flagship state universities – University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State College and University. After litigation, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of that policy.

Director of Religious Education Reflects on Effects of ICE Raid.   Mary Hood Hart, a frequent contributor to the Southern Cross, writes about the effects of an ICE raid on her fellow parishioners.

Release of Detained Children. Five days after Catholic Legal Immigration (CLINIC) and others filed a complaint warning of the increase in infants younger than a year old detained in Dilley, Texas, many have been released. This is good example of the effect of monitoring and advocating for endangered people.