Sanctuary Cities. A federal court has blocked a Trump Administration executive order to prohibit certain funds for local governments it deemed “sanctuary cities.” Georgia state law prohibits sanctuary cities and at least one candidate for governor is criticizing the level of compliance by the City of Decatur. The federal court order will not affect Georgia law – at least for now.
ICE Enforcement is Increasing in Georgia. The New York Times recently reported on increased immigration enforcement in Georgia. Under the current Administration, any undocumented individuals are vulnerable to deportation, not just those with a significant criminal record.
Administration Ends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. See the response from Catholic Legal Immigration Network. While TPS holders have eighteen months to prepare for departure, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who recently sponsored a factfinding mission to Haiti, responded that the country is not prepared to accept the huge influx of people. It is important to get reliable information. For guidance, contact the Haitian Embassy Hotline.
Why is Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Needed For Haitians in the United States? Read this report on why TPS should be extended. This decision will affect 50,000 living in the United States.
Thanksgiving for Immigrants and Refugees. In his Thanksgiving message on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the USCCB, gave thanks for the blessings brought by immigrants and refugees. At the same time, he expressed the bishops’ continuing concern that the nation’s broken immigration system tears apart families – “the fundamental building block of our society.”