Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 252

Is It a Crisis? Migration is often called a “crisis,” but some would say it is not one. “I think one of the things we need to do is tone down the hysteria,” said Michael Czerny, S.J., undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Office for Integral Human Development. America Magazine quotes Father Czerny, suggesting that the cause is mismanagement and poor policy, both can be rectified with sufficient political will.

The “Caravan” and Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic social teaching helps us look at world events through the lens of the Gospel and our Catholic tradition. David Hollenbeck, S.J. shares his reflection on the Gospel and political positioning related to those from Central America making their way toward the United States, many seeking lawful asylum.

An Early Christmas Present. The Justice for Immigrants annual conference will be in Arlington, Virginia December 5-7, 2018. This very important conference is filled with information and a good way to prepare for supporting immigrants in the new year. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register online.

ICYMI – Rulemaking and Advocacy. Federal rules and regulations can have a dramatic impact on immigration, but how can someone effectively advocate in the rulemaking process? On October 17, staff from Justice for Immigrants and core affiliates discussed the potential harm to immigrants and refugees based on current proposed changes, how to promote Catholic priorities and why we should comment on proposals. A very helpful webinar is now available online. Also, check out this resource from Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).