Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This is a series of updates related to immigration reform issues affecting Georgians with particular recognition of the potential impact from federal legislation now being considered in Congress.

  • Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 384

    Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG). Registration is now open for CSMG, a virtual gathering with outstanding speakers on all aspects of Catholic social justice. Live presentations will be offered from January 29 through February 1. Speakers include our former archbishop, Cardinal Wilton Gregory. Registration is only $50.00 for the whole program. See details here. Let … Read more

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  • Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 383

    Do not fall for dishonest tricks of scammers! Immigration laws and rules can be confusing. Even well-meaning people can give poor advice, but there are dishonest notarios who give the wrong advice only to take your money. Look for qualified attorneys and representatives from among CLINIC affiliates. Watch for the signs of incompetent or dishonest … Read more

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  • Fratelli Tutti. The latest encyclical from Pope Francis discusses migration extensively. See a summary of the migration sections and a workbook from Justice for Immigrants here. Justice for Immigrants Action Center – No more delay. The Catholic bishops and people of the United States have advocated for an immigration reform, especially a reform that creates … Read more

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • “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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • “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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • What is the Catholic Church doing during the immigration crisis? On Wednesday, July 14, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) will host a webinar and discussion on its forthcoming report, “The CRISIS Survey: The Catholic Church’s Work with Immigrants in the United States in a Period of Crisis.” This event is based … Read more

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  • Justice for Immigrants now has a video rosary. JFI has developed a rosary for migrants and refugees. You can now recite the rosary in conjunction with leaders on video. Bishop Seitz met with Vice President Harris to discuss border needs.  Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas joined other advocates in El Paso in meeting … Read more

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  • Vision forward for unaccompanied migrant children. Children, usually between ages 15 and 17, flee their home country in order to escape violence, trafficking, gang recruitment, extreme poverty and natural disasters in their home countries. United States law requires that the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) place these children in … Read more

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  • DACA is nine years old! President Obama instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 by executive order so that individuals brought to the United States at an early age could obtain deferral of deportation. The executive order was issued with the expectation that Congress would enact legislation these individuals. Bishop Mario … Read more

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  • Bishops hold summit meeting on church’s response to immigration. On June 1 and 2, a group of United States, Mexican and Central American Catholic bishops joined representatives of the Vatican and immigration service organizations to discuss the best ways to serve migrants departing their homeland and passing through other countries enroute to the borders of … Read more

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  • The Asian Pacific American Heritage month is being celebrated in May. Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS): SIJS is an immigration status that allows children who have survived parental abuse, neglect or abandonment to apply for permanent residency in the United States. Congress created SIJS — with its direct pathway to a green card — to … Read more

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  • Toward an Ever Wider “We.” This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees scheduled for September 2021. Read the Holy Father’s message for the occasion. The Good Samaritan story is central in Pope Francis encyclical Fratelli Tutti and guides the church and all humanity ‘Towards an … Read more

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  • Pope Francis: “Vaccines for all.” “Vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy of all regions of the planet.” (Pope Francis, January 2021). See Vatican resources for church leaders. Want to discuss migration and Fratelli Tutti? Pope Francis discusses migration extensively in his most recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti. Take time to study the … Read more

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  • Welcome, protect, promote, integrate. These four verbs express Pope Francis’ teaching on the acceptance of immigrants and refugees. Children, particularly those traveling without adult care, need this type of care, but rarely receive it in detention centers. The bishops of Mexico and the United States border dioceses continue to advocate for the Holy Father’s vision. … Read more

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