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.

  • Governmental policy and legislation report No. 11

    Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization. In response to the widely discussed draft Supreme Court opinion on the Dobbs case related to overturning Roe v. Wade, Archbishop William Lori, USCCB Pro-life Committee chair, released an statement that emphasized the need for prayer, fasting and outreach to women in need.  Likewise, Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer of … Read more

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  • Governmental policy and legislation report No.10

    “Immigration reform and the church’s voice” is a new report out now from USCCB Migration and Refugee Services that highlights some of the challenges confronting efforts to bring about positive immigration reform and the church’s effort to bring meaningful reform. Read the report here. Ukraine updates Justice for Immigrants maintains a frequently updated resource page … Read more

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  • Blessed and happy Easter to all as we continue to pray for peace in Ukraine and other areas experiencing armed conflict around the world. Welcoming and protecting refugees. The world is experiencing rapidly increasing numbers of refugees. In the media, they may be portrayed as criminals, terrorists and worse, but through Christian eyes, they are … Read more

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  • Keep Ukraine in your prayers. Read the stories of seven who fled and visit http://justiceforimmigrants.org/Ukraine/ for all the latest information today! The Georgia General Assembly completed its 2022 session on April 4. Below are significant results from that 40 day session. Bills that have passed can be vetoed by the Governor within forty days from … Read more

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  • Congratulations to Bishop-designate Jacques Fabre, C.S. Read more about the new bishop of Charleston, SC, particularly his service in Georgia. Bishop-designate Fabre is a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles – known as Scalabrinians – an international community of religious serving migrants and refugees of different cultures, religions and ethnicities in … Read more

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  • Restrictions on chemical abortions. SB 456 (formerly identified as SB 315) imposes restrictions on the use of abortion-inducing drugs which may now be administered without professional medical supervision. The bill would require that a qualified physician examine the pregnant woman in person. No abortion pills or chemical could be delivered by courier, delivery or mail … Read more

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  • Human trafficking and COVID. Human trafficking is still with us and only made worse by the COVID pandemic. Learn about the impact of COVID on human trafficking in a free webinar offered by Catholic Hospital Association, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Register for Wednesday, February … Read more

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  • Welcome to change. The focus of this report over the last several years has been public policy changes and advocacy directly related to our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters. It is now time to broaden our focus and report on governmental policy and legislation that affect the common good of all, including immigrants, refugees … Read more

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  • Fratelli Tutti. The encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, by Pope Francis speaks extensively to the subject of migration and integration. See the significant sections identified by Justice for Immigrants. Human trafficking. Pope Francis says “Human trafficking is a crime against all humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime.” Justice for Immigrants … Read more

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  • 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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  • 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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