Ask to Hear a Story or Share Yours. Everyone has family stories, but immigrant stories have special sacrifices and heroism. Read this reflection. Think about your story and ask others to share theirs.
Children are Still Being Detained. Voices are needed to stop the detention of children. Read more and send an email. Also, click here for pictures of migrants that tell their stories.
Federal Rulemaking is Different from Legislation. Citizens can directly comment on rules proposed by the federal government. Click here for background information and to make comments on rules related to detention.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Temporarily Protected. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from terminating TPS for roughly 300,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The injunction is temporary and subject to review, but it gives protection to those with TPS who would otherwise be required to leave the United States in the near future. Federal legislation is still needed. Click here for a comparison of bills still pending in Congress.
Do You Want a Deep Dive Into Immigration Issues From a Catholic Perspective? Consider attending the Justice for Immigrants 2018 National Conference on December 5 – 7 in Arlington, Virginia.
Administration is Changing Rules That Apply to Legal Residents Who Accept Public Benefits. The Trump administration is proposing a new regulation that would make it extremely difficult for many immigrants to come to the US or receive green cards if they are deemed likely to use public benefits like food stamps or Medicaid. The rules are technical and somewhat difficult to follow, but click here for an explanation. Anyone with questions about coming to the United States or staying here legally should consult a knowledgeable immigration attorney.
Refugee Ceiling for Fiscal Year 2019 Will Be Lowest in History. President Trump has set the ceiling on refugees into the United States at 30,000 in fiscal year 2019, beginning October 1, 2018. The ceiling reduces refugees from every part of the world except Latin America and the Caribbean by fifty percent over 2018. The reduction also includes those fleeing religious persecution.
ICYMI – Time to Vote. Elected officials make immigration laws that affect all of us. The Church cannot support or oppose political candidates, but all citizens should be attentive to political platforms to vote responsibly and prudently. The general election will be November 6, 2018. All voters must be registered by October 9, 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to have an impact on our future.
National V Encuentro. The four-day national gathering of Hispanic and Latino Catholics reflected the needs of immigrants and recipients of temporary protected status. Read personal reflections from Catholic News Agency. Some of the nation’s most outspoken bishops who support immigrants also attended and showed support.
Proposed Rules May Limit Important Services for Undocumented. The Administration is proposing new rules that could prevent legal permanent residents from obtaining naturalized citizenship if they have lawfully received public benefits. Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration and Bishop of Austin, Texas, with Bishop Frank Dewane, Chair of Committee on Domestic and Social Development and the Bishop of Venice, Florida, issued a statement criticizing the proposal.
Be Careful of Immigration Scams. As immigrants seek ways to obtain citizenship, please be aware of scammers who are out to defraud the vulnerable.
Can You Walk 24,900 Miles (All the Way Around the World)? Can you walk part of the way? As part of Pope Francis’ “Share the Journey” campaign, thousands of Catholics are organizing and walking in pilgrimages, which we hope will amount to 24,900 miles – the circumference of the world. Learn how you can get involved by viewing the organizer toolkit. If you cannot formally join a group, please keep migrants and refugees in mind and prayer whenever you walk.
Time to Vote. Elected officials make immigration laws that affect all of us. The Church cannot support or oppose political candidates, but all citizens should be attentive to political platforms to vote responsibly and prudently. The general election will be November 6, 2018. All voters must be registered by October 9, 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to have an impact on our future.
ICYMI – Why is Human Trafficking So Prevalent? Learn about factors that have allowed this modern day slavery to become the fastest growing source of illicit profit for criminals worldwide and a $150 billion industry.
Pray for Those Impacted By the Hurricane. Also, please pray especially for undocumented families who may be afraid to request the help they need for fear of detention.
Stay Up to Date. Get the latest updates from Justice for Immigrants by following @USCCBJFI on Twitter and signing up for their newsletter at the bottom of any page of their website. Justice for Immigrants provides updates on backgrounders, webinars and the latest week in review.
The Administration Continues to Separate Families. For the latest information, visit the Justice for Immigrants website. A webinar is coming soon.
Why is Human Trafficking So Prevalent? Learn about factors that have allowed this modern day slavery to become the fastest growing source of illicit profit for criminals worldwide and a $150 billion industry.
ICYMI – “Building Communities of Welcome” – National Migration Week 2019. Be ready to celebrate National Migration Week in January 2019. Review the helpful tool kit prepared by Migration and Refugee Services.
“Building Communities of Welcome” – National Migration Week 2019. Get ready to celebrate National Migration Week in January 2019. Review the helpful tool kit prepared by Migration and Refugee Services.
Fight Immigration Fraud. Sad as it may be, there are people who prey on the vulnerable. Learn how to protect yourself and those with whom you associate by participating in a free webinar from Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).
An Archbishop, Priest and Religious Woman Visit “the Dilly.” The immigration center in Dilly, Texas is one of the largest family detention centers in the United States. Read about the Catholic Church ministering to the detainees.
DACCA Continues to Be Effective, But Just Barely. Despite efforts of the Trump Administration, the DACA program is still in operation, but barely. Click here to read an update on this program that helps young people brought to the United States by their parents.
Atlanta Will No Longer Accept ICE Detainees. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an executive order to prevent the holding of individuals designated by ICE because of her concerns about separating immigrant children from parents.
National Migration Week 2019. It is not too early to plan for National Migration Week in January 2019. Justice for Immigrants (JFI) will host a webinar to help generate ideas for parishes on Thursday, September 6, at 2:00 p.m. If you miss this or other JFI webinars, you can catch up on their website.
Want More Information on Immigration? JFI can help. Sign up for their latest news and updates, including the week in review, news about the national conference in December and more. Just go to the bottom of any page on the JFI website and sign up today!
Rest in Peace Senator John McCain. The late Senator John McCain was eulogized for many achievements, but should also be remembered for supporting rational immigration policy, even though many in his party and state opposed him on this issue. Read reflections of his support for DACA recipients.
U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. At a time when the Administration is reviewing the number of refugees permitted into the Refugee Resettlement program, please take time to review a webinar from the Center for Migration Studies examining “How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen and Revitalize the United States.”
What Are the Options After Deportation? We hear about deportations but who helps those deported after they return to their country of origin? Read about the ministry of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in a town across the border from McAllen, Texas.
Family of Murdered Woman Does Not Want Her Death Used for Politics. An allegedly undocumented immigrant was charged with the death of an Iowa woman, Mollie Tibbets. Many have used her death as an opportunity to attack immigration policy, but her family asked politicians to back off. Whatever one man has done does not condemn all.
Immigration Services Fraud is a Real Issue. As many seek advice and assistance to obtain citizenship or other immigration benefits, unscrupulous individuals prey on their hopes by offering “services” that are fraudulent and ineffective. Learn about these concerns and best practices with a helpful webinar.
ICYMI – Justice for Immigrants Conference. For current information and resources on immigration and networking, consider attending the JFI Conference in Arlington, Virginia on December 5-7, 2018.
ICYMI – Can You Help? We have an immediate need for volunteers to work with immigrants in all areas of metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If you are Safe Environment approved and available to drive someone to an ICE check-in or court date, please email Kat Doyle at email@example.com as soon as possible. We expect this to be an ongoing need. If you are interested in helping and are not Safe Environment approved, please contact Kat Doyle to begin the process.
Justice for Immigrants Conference. If you want current information and resources on immigration and networking, consider attending the JFI Conference in Arlington, Virginia on December 5-7, 2018.
Be Unafraid. We all have fears to face. Read stories of courageous refugees who fled their homes and now share their journeys.
What is the Status of DACA? The federal district judge who ordered the administration to begin accepting new DACA registrations has modified the earlier order to only require processing of renewal applications. Keep in touch with your qualified immigration legal adviser so you can take the best actions.
ICYMI – What Are the Alternatives to Immigration Detention? Learn more by viewing a recent webinar from Justice For Immigrants.
Can You Help? We have an immediate need for volunteers to work with immigrants in all areas of metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If you are Safe Environment approved and are willing and available to drive someone to an ICE check-in or court date, please email Kat Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We expect this to be an ongoing need. If you are interested in helping and are not Safe Environment approved, please contact Kat Doyle to begin the process.
Family Separation is Still an Issue. Families are still separated as a result of the Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. Justice for Immigrants has updated its website with additional background information and recommendations for parishes and advocacy groups.
What Are the Alternatives to Immigration Detention? Learn more by viewing a recent webinar from Justice for Immigrants.
Possible Changes to Legal Immigration System. The Administration is considering changes to the immigration system that would affect legal public residents (green card holders) who want to seek citizenship. Anyone considering citizenship should consult an immigration attorney as soon as possible to see if they are affected.
DHS May Be Required to Accept New DACA Applications. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may be required to restart accepting and reviewing new DACA applications. A federal court in the District of Columbia ruled that DHS did not properly repeal regulations related to DACA and that the program should be reinstated for new applicants. The change will not be effective until late August unless a court of appeals intervenes.
Changes to Asylum Standards. The Administration has issued new standards to determine whether an asylee can stay in the United States. If the proposal goes into effect, an individual seeking asylum because of domestic violence would be unable to obtain it. Only government endorsed violence would be eligible for asylum.