Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 126

Georgia Proposed Legislation. As expected, several adverse immigration bills made progress in the Georgia General Assembly.

SR 675, if adopted by the General Assembly and favorably voted upon by the electorate would declare English as the official language of the State of Georgia; provide that official state actions be in English; prohibit any requirement that any language other than English be used in any documents, regulations, orders, transactions, proceedings, meetings, programs, or publications; and prohibit discrimination, penalties, or other limits on participation against persons who speak only English.

The House of Representatives will now have to consider SB 6 which would provide that those with DACA status could only obtain restricted driving privilege licenses and separate identification cards indicating their immigration status.

The State Senate will consider HB 781 which would allow State and local governments to appoint as members of policy making bodies only persons who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and legal residents of the State of Georgia.

Catholic Bishops Continue to Speak. Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe continues to offer his pastoral perspective on the injustice of the current immigration policies and the need for a more humanitarian approach–Catholic-Immigration-Forum.

Texas vs. United States. The United States Supreme Court is still scheduled to hear the Texas case challenging the Administration’s actions in expanding DACA despite the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Because Justice Scalia would likely vote against the Administration’s position, the final result may not be affected by his absence Nonetheless, armies of lawyers are lining up on each side for this important case which is expected to be decided in June of this year.