Number 100! This is the one hundredth Comprehensive Immigration Update which we started to keep priests, deacons, sisters, brothers and others up to date with accurate information about the progress of immigration reform. Unfortunately, the pace of progress has not been nearly as fast as we hoped 100 editions ago. Nonetheless, we continue in hope and report on the Church’s advocacy efforts in Georgia and in Washington.
How to Help … and Maybe Learn Something Yourself. The United States Immigration Service (USCIS) provides educational materials for immigrants seeking citizenship. Here is link to a new USCIS publication on teaching about the Constitution. http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/Lesson%20Plans/Intermediate_US_Constitution_lesson_plan.pdf Share it with someone who wants to learn and prepare for citizenship.
Appeals Are Important. In the United States, we treasure our right to pursue legal remedies through every level of appeal. A decision is not final until appeals are exhausted. Yet, there have been instances of deportations before appeals are concluded and when the person deported must return to a country where his or her life is in danger, appeals are vital. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-stay-on-deportations/2015/08/02/858c6e30-37cc-11e5-9d0f-7865a67390ee_story.html
Detention Centers Remain the news. A federal district court in California has ruled that the Administration’s operation of immigration detention centers for women and children violates a court settlement and that many of the women and children should be released. Yet legal wrangling continues as the government continues appeals so that it can keep the detention centers open. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/opinion/a-judges-rebuke-of-immigration-detention.html?smid=tw-share
ICYMI – What Can We Do? How can we help? For both immigration legalization purposes and for a more productive life in the United States, the ability to speak English is essential. How can you get an English training program started? CLINIC is offering a seminar aimed at giving the tools and confidence to start a program. https://cliniclegal.org/calendar/training-teachers-tricks-tools-and-strategies-volunteer-based-language-learning-programs