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Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 350

Presidential executive orders. The Biden administration continues to indicate its intention to issue immigration and refugee related executive orders that will reverse or modify executive orders issued by the previous administration. A series of orders expected on Friday, January 29, was postponed. The administration is, nevertheless, still expected to issue orders related to “remain in Mexico,” asylum and separated family policies among others. Those who might be directly affected by these changes should consult competent immigration attorneys to determine if their status may change.

Civic participation curriculum toolkit. As teachers and parents seek options to educate students in the ways of participation in affecting public policy, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) offers a tool kit that can be adapted for home or classroom use. The materials may be sufficient for four classes.

Promoting citizenship and naturalization. The last few years have seen more and more restrictive policies related to naturalization. Changes are now being considered by the Biden administration. It may be time for those eligible for citizenship to seriously consider the step. See materials prepared by the New Americans Campaign and consult an experienced immigration attorney to find out your eligibility.

Changes may be coming to immigration courts. With the new administration, James McHenry, the director of the nation’s immigration courts, will step down. During his tenure, immigration judges saw changes such as placing quotas on the number of cases they should complete every year, ending their ability to indefinitely suspend certain cases, restricting when asylum can be granted and pouring thousands of previously closed cases back into court dockets. In the meantime, the case backlog increased and wait times continued to skyrocket. With new leadership, advocates are hoping for more reasonable adjudication processes.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 349

New comprehensive immigration bill introduced. On its first full day in office, the Biden administration sent to Congress proposed legislation addressing many of the issues that have marked our broken immigration system. This immigration reform bill proposes to (1) create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented in the United States; (2) reform the immigration court system; (3) modernize border security; (4) address root causes of undocumented migration; and (5) institute other actions. The bill would also provide greater protection for unaccompanied child migrants. There is no expectation that this bill will be adopted as proposed, but the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has already expressed support for many of these reforms. See the statement from Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.

President Biden executive orders. Among other executive orders, President Biden reversed or modified executive orders related to immigrants and refugees. The president issued an executive order continuing and fortifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program originally adopted by President Obama. The USCCB has long supported the DACA program and affirmed the Biden administration action while recognizing the need for congressional action. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will pause deportations for certain noncitizens in the United States for 100 days and stop new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the “remain in Mexico” program, a program that requires asylum seekers on the southern border to remain in Mexico pending scheduling of a hearing. Currently about 60,000 prospective asylees are camped in the Mexico side of the border.

Quick summary. Need a quick summary of Catholic principles and issues related to immigration? See https://justiceforimmigrants.org/what-we-are-working-on/immigration/

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 348

Unauthorized immigrants will be included in census. Although the Trump Administration proposed to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment of census calculations, the necessary analysis cannot be completed before the inauguration of the Biden Administration. The new administration has stated that it will include the undocumented. This is an important change in policy that will allow a more accurate allocation of federal social service funds and the determination of congressional representation.

Hardening of the heart. Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, on the border with Mexico, reflects on our national approach to brothers and sisters waiting to cross the border. In the struggle for hope and freedom and family, God knocks… He knocks. He knocks. He knocks.”

ICYMI – Webinar – Immigration Policy for the Incoming Administration. In anticipation of the incoming Biden administration, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has developed policy recommendations and justifications that would reverse policies of the current administration and benefit immigrants and refugees. Join CLINIC experts for a free webinar explaining these policy recommendations on Thursday, January 21.

Justice for Immigrants (JFI) also has its priorities for the coming transition. JFI has also developed legislative and regulatory priorities to enhance the lives of immigrants and refugees.

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants.Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 347

Happy New Year! 2020 was a difficult year in many ways for all of us. The pandemic was particularly difficult for immigrants and refugees, but the problems were made more difficult for them as the administration made oppressive regulatory changes. We offer prayers that the new administration will bring relief through more reasonable regulations.

Webinar – Immigration Policy for the Incoming Administration. In anticipation of the incoming Biden administration, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has developed policy recommendations and justifications that would reverse policies of the current administration and benefit immigrants and refugees. Join CLINIC experts for a free webinar explaining these policy recommendations on Thursday, January 21.

Immigrant families have benefits in the recently signed stimulus bill. The new bill allows payments of $600 for an individual U.S. citizen and $600 for each dependent child in households with an undocumented spouse. Families may also  recover the COVID-19 relief check denied in the spring 2020 first round of stimulus payments — $1,200 for each U.S. citizen taxpayer and $500 for each U.S. citizen child — when they file their 2020 taxes in the spring. Read more.

Elections do have consequences. Newly elected Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor announced that the county would no longer participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program, under which local law enforcement are deputized to carry out immigration enforcement responsibilities typically performed by ICE agents. This constitutes a significant change for law enforcement in the county, which has one of the state’s largest populations of people who are living in the country illegally.

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 346

It is not too late to journey with black immigrants. Interfaith Immigration Coalition offers a seven week journey through Advent and Christmas with actions, stories, prayers and more focused on Black immigration.

What does the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) want from the new administration? CLINIC has identified actions it will advocate with the new administration on behalf of the immigrant and refugee population. See the bold transition proposals to support human dignity.

DACA update. On December 4, a federal district court ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resume accepting initial DACA, renewal and advance parole applications according to the terms of the original 2012 DACA program. Find details and practice tips for filing applications in the wake of these developments. It is a little technical but worth the read.

Need immigration information? Justice for Immigrants continually updates its resources on a variety of topics. Head to the @USCCBJFI website to see resource pages on the following topics:

COVID-19: http://ow.ly/pk2130qt0Dn
Immigrant Benefits: http://ow.ly/U5PQ30ql1pN
Anti-trafficking: http://ow.ly/GeQ730qf1ww
Family Separation: http://ow.ly/VxRO30qf1wT

ICYMI – One Church, Many Cultures. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, chaired by Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia, has published its fall/winter newsletter filled with informative and current articles.

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

“The world belongs to everyone, because all of us were born with the same dignity.” Pope Francis

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 345

DACA restored! A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to fully restore DACA, instructing DHS to open the Obama-era program to new applicants for the first time since 2017. Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, welcomed the court’s decision and expressed hope for even greater progress in finding a path to citizenship for these young people.

New administration on the horizon. Immigration advocates are anticipating changes benefiting immigrants and asylees after the Biden administration takes office in January. Early action is expected for restoring the DACA program and the ban on travel from majority Muslim countries. Additional changes are still needed to fix the broken immigration system, not the least of which are legislative changes.

In the midst of pandemic, foreign medical personnel are needed. Hospital administrators and medical advocacy groups are seeking support from the Biden administration to loosen procedures so that necessary medical personnel from other countries can enter the United States when the need is so great.

ICYMI – One Church, Many Cultures. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, chaired by Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia, has published its fall/winter newsletter filled with informative and current articles.

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 344

ICYMI — Advocacy in 2021. Most elections are over, but the work of advocacy lies before us. Learn why we advocate, how we advocate and on what issues we advocate in a webinar offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Justice and Peace Ministries and the Georgia Catholic Conference on Thursday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. See further information here.

Our Lady of Guadalupe. Sunday, December 12, is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. It is not too late to make preparations for your celebration. See resources from Justice for Immigrants here.

One Church, Many Cultures. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church chaired by Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia has published its fall/winter newsletter filled with informative and current articles.

Human trafficking. Pope Francis teaches “Human trafficking is a crime against all humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime.” In these turbulent times of pandemic and economic stress, we must continue vigilance against human trafficking that goes on in our midst and around the world. Justice for Immigrants offers resources

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 343

Advocacy in 2021. Most elections are over, but the work of advocacy lies before us. Learn why we advocate, how we advocate and on what issues we advocate in a webinar offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Justice and Peace Ministries and the Georgia Catholic Conference on Thursday, December 10, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. See further information here.

New administration will bring changes to immigration. As the Trump administration leaves office and the Biden administration takes over the executive branch there will be changes to immigration law and practices. The media is full of speculation, but the landscape is by no means clear. Help those in need of legal assistance find competent immigration attorneys and see CLINIC’s resources for avoiding notarios and other scammers.

Journey with black immigrants. Advent is a time to reflect on holy journeys.  Join Interfaith Immigration Coalition for weekly devotionals that include scripture, a short reflection, stories and opportunities to take action and engage in further reflection.

Border Protection and Migrant Realities.” Listen to direct service providers on the southern border as Justice for Immigrants presents a webinar on Monday, November 30, at 3 p.m. Use the direct link: http://bit.ly/Border_Realities

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 342

Civic participation. The voting may be over for 2020, but civic participation is an important element for integrating immigrants and refugees into political and social life. Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has developed a toolkit gathering resources from past and current CLINIC initiatives along with many other resources from the field. See the topical sections here.

#CivilizeIt2020 – Take the pledge. While the voting is completed, it seems even more important that we take the #CivilizeIt2020 pledge for civility, clarity and compassion. No matter how emotions react to the electoral results, pledge to remember the humanity of all persons and the need for surrender to the Lord in all things. “May all Americans recall the necessity of dialogue, civility and humility in this election [and post-election] season,” USCCB Election Intention

COVID-19 infections increase. Infections are increasing in Georgia and across the world. Low-income populations are more susceptible to COVID-19 than the general population. Justice for Immigrants maintains a resource page that is helpful for advocacy as well as medical and social guidance for everyone.

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!

Notice: There will be no immigration report on Monday, for November 16.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 341

Congratulations to Cardinal-elect Wilton Gregory! While archbishop of Atlanta, Cardinal-elect Wilton Gregory was a member of the Georgia Catholic Conference and never failed to support the Conference, particularly in advocating for the benefit of migrants and refugees.

Elections are here. Election day is Tuesday, November 3. By the time you are reading this report, early in-person voting will have ended. Mail-in ballots must be received by November 3, thus, it is too late to mail a ballot with the hope having delivered on time. If you have not mailed your ballot, you must deposit it in a ballot drop box or plan on voting in person on Tuesday.

Cap on refugees set. The Trump administration has slashed the number of refugees it will allow to resettle in the United States in the coming year, capping the number at 15,000, a record low in the history of the country’s modern refugee program. The number is divided among refugees fleeing religious persecution, Iraqi refugees who assisted the United States, and refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. While there are thousands in the pipeline, the 2021 cap is the lowest in years. Canada has replaced the United States and the number one country for settling refugees fleeing religious persecution.

Immigration reform is complex. Nevertheless, principles of Catholic social teaching, rooted in the dignity of every person, provide guidance for elections and continuing advocacy.

ICYMI – Justice for Immigrants webinar series. The JFI fall webinar series continues. Previous programs are available on the website and future programs are available live and after the fact. The most recent title is “The Role of Race in Immigration Policy.”

Get more information directly from Justice for Immigrants. Go to http://justiceforimmigrants.org  today and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get the Week in Review, updates on webinars and much more!