Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update 164

Breaking News from the USCCB. On December 1, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that the feast of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, December 12, would be commemorated as a Day Of Prayer And Solidarity With Families Of Immigrants.  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said: “To all those families separated and far from home in uncertain times, we join with you in a prayer for comfort and joy this Advent season” http://www.usccb.org/news/2016/16-168.cfm.The announcement made reference to the Scriptural Rosary reflecting on aspects of the mysteries related to migrating peoples http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/documents/Scriptural-Rosary-Eng.pdf.

DACA Students in Colleges and Universities. It is no secret that there is a high likelihood that the Trump Administration will end the DACA program for young people brought into the United States at an early age although the terms of ending the program are still uncertain. Nonetheless, the leadership of Catholic colleges and universities have announced their intention to protect their students to the greatest extent possible https://cnstopstories.com/2016/11/30/catholic-college-presidents-pledge-support-for-students-with-daca-status/. Emory University in Atlanta has announced that it is becoming a “sanctuary university” even though it could be punished by the lass of Georgia state funding. http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/11/29/emory-could-lose-state-funding-if-it-declares-a-sanctuary-campus-to-shield-immigrants/

Alternatives to DACA. Over 700,000 individuals have taken advantage of the DACA program since its inception but the program had a fundamental weakness in that it was instituted by executive order, not a Congressional statute. In light of the possibility that President-elect Trump will do away with DACA when he takes office, several senators are considering legislation to shield children living in the country illegally from being deported if they grew up in the United States and have stayed out of trouble. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/308380-senators-crafting-legislation-to-limit-deportations-under-trump