Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 257

WorkingWith City and County Governments.Primary solutions for our broken immigration system must come from the federalgovernment. Nonetheless, for immigrants in local communities, city and countygovernments can help or hinder. Learn ways to work cooperatively with localgovernments by attending a free webinar series from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. After our Christmas celebrations, let us prepare for prayer and activities necessary to recognize the significance of the special month. Resources are available in a toolkit from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

National Migration Week – January 6 -13, 2019. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, an opportunity for us to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. Find suggestions for your participation in a toolkit prepared by USCCB.

Public Charge Proposed Rules. The US Department of Homeland Security proposed changes that would make it more difficult for lawful permanent residents to obtain citizenship if they lawfully accessed welfare benefits or would make those residents hesitant to use benefits for themselves or their children. The USCCB and Catholic Charities USA prepared detailed comments on these proposed rules and the Georgia Catholic Conference joined in, seeking withdrawal of the proposed rules. At the close of the public comment part of the rulemaking process, over 210,000 comments were submitted with the majority opposing the rule. Read the comments online.

Have a Happy and Holy Christmas! As you listen to the Christmas Gospels, keep in mind how much they refer to travel and migration and pray for our brothers and sisters who are migrating throughout the world.