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Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 208

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Developments. On November 6, the United States Homeland Security (DHS) canceled immigration benefits for nearly 5,300 Nicaraguan nationals who are in the United States, but extended benefits for 86,000 Hondurans. The Trump Administration gave Nicaraguan TPS recipients 12 months after the country designation’s end date to arrange their affairs and either leave the country or obtain legal status through a different visa category. Now, Nicaraguans under TPS will be allowed to remain and work in the country until January 5, 2019. Since the Administration did not make a determination on Honduras’s TPS designation, it is automatically extended by six months, and will now expire on July 5, 2018. Click here for more information.

After January 5, 2019, Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries who stay in the United States and do not get a different visa will revert to their previous immigration status. The large majority of the affected beneficiaries, if not all, would become undocumented. Both Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS holders should seek legal advice from competent immigration attorneys as soon as possible to protect themselves and their families. Parishes should also seek ways to give pastoral support to families in their midst.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. The Administration has not made a decision on TPS for Haitians and it has until November 23, 2018 to do so. This decision will affect 50,000 people living in the United States.

Resources from CLINIC Regarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Click here to read more information and concerns from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regarding TPS for Nicaraguans and Hondurans. CLINIC also has more information on all TPS holders.

ICYMI – Training for Parish Leaders. The Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), of which Catholic Charities Atlanta is a member, is hosting an advocacy training for faith partners on November 16 at 10:00 a.m. This training will help faith leaders learn more about the recent executive orders affecting refugees and how to best advocate for our refugee communities and the agencies who serve them. The training will be virtual (via a conference call) with materials provided by email. Please help us identify a leader to participate in this training and lead refugee advocacy efforts for your parish. Please RSVP to Hope Jensen from CRSA at civicengagementintern@newamericanpathways.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 207

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) For Haitians. Why do the Catholic bishops of the United States and other organizations advocate so strongly for TPS for Haitians? In summary, the administration should make decisions based on current country conditions in TPS-designated countries. In Haiti’s case, this includes a thorough review of the impact of September 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The administration should honor the Haitian government’s request to extend TPS for Haiti at least 18 months and accept the Haitian government’s invitation to survey conditions in Haiti prior to the November 23, 2017 decision deadline. Congress should act swiftly to create a permanent solution to protect Haitian and other TPS holders who have been in the U.S. because their countries have been unsafe for many years. Click here for a detailed report from Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

ICYMI – New Resource for Family Preparedness. There is a new legal preparedness guide available in English and Spanish to assist families preparing for the possibility that a parent will suddenly be threatened with deportation. This guide contains useful information for undocumented individuals and those helping them.

Jesuits Call On Graduates to Support DACA. Noting that ten percent of the members of Congress were educated at Jesuit colleges and universities, and even more at Jesuit high schools; Fr. Michael Sheeran, President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, reminds former students that “responsible citizenship” and the “obligation to respect and protect the natural rights of other human beings” were core elements of their Jesuit educational experience. Highlighting an iconic phrase in Jesuit educational circles, he challenged legislators, saying, “Republican, Democrat, on this issue be a man or woman for others.”

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 205

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Honduras or El Salvador. For those with TPS from Honduras or El Salvador, it is important to watch developments. TPS is projected to end in early 2018 but could be extended. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced a report advocating extension of the 2018 deadline.  This is why continued TPS is important for Hondurans living in the United States.

How Can a Parish Help. Parishes can be a resource for engaging immigrant people in their midst. Look at what a parish can do here. You can also find ways to involve Catholic school students and college age students.

#ShareJourney Is Here!  Read the Georgia Bulletin article on the initiation of the Holy Father’s “Share the Journey Campaign”, which describes the gathering led by Archbishop Gregory with a group of interfaith leaders and refugees.

ICYMI – Know Your Rights – In Seven Languages! Whether documented or not, immigrants have legal rights. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has helpful information in seven languages.

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 204

#ShareJourney Is Here! “Share the Journey” in the Archdiocese of Atlanta began on October 11 with an impressive ecumenical prayer event in Clarkston with Archbishop Gregory and other religious leaders.

Know Your Rights – In Seven Languages! Whether documented or not, immigrants have legal rights. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has helpful information in seven languages.

How Welcoming Is Your Faith Community? If you are interested to find out, take this pop quiz.

How Do You Welcome Your Neighbor? CLINIC now has a webpage with ideas about creating a welcoming community.

Important Information for Those with Sudan or South Sudan Temporary Protected Status (TPS). If someone you know is from Sudan or South Sudan and has TPS, there is new information from the Department of Homeland Security. Click here for a summary from CLINIC. 

Bishops Respond to White House Immigration Reform Principles. In response to recently released White House immigration principles and policies, listing proposed priorities for legislative protection for dreamers, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued a statement urging Congress to “ensure true protection for dreamers once and for all.” The bishops are concerned that these principles do not provide a way forward for comprehensive immigration reform rooted in respect for human life, dignity and security of our citizens. Click here for the full statement.

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 203

#ShareJourney Is Here! For a strong start to the Holy Father’s “Share the Journey” campaign, please join Archbishop Gregory for a multi-faith prayer gathering on October 11 at 10:00 a.m. in Angora Hall, Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021. For more information, visit the Archdiocese of Atlanta website, email justpeace@archatl.com or call 404-920-7897.

How Will You or Your Parish Celebrate National Migration Week? Local suggestions will come in soon for the 2018 National Migration Week (January 7-13). The theme is “Many Journeys, One Family.” In the meantime, Justice for Immigrants (JFI), sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is offering an informative webinar with suggestions on October 19. Find details on their website.

ICYMI – Haitians With Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Take Note. TPS is a legal designation that allows citizens of certain countries to remain in the United States on a temporary basis because of serious problems in their home country. The Administration must renew the status for each country every six to eighteen months. Fifty nine thousand (59,000) Haitians have held TPS status since the catastrophic earthquake in 2010. Although many believe that Haiti has not yet recovered sufficiently for those with TPS in the United States to return, the Administration has announced that status will end in January 2018. Unless the Administration changes course by November, Haitians with TPS will lose their status and have to return to Haiti. Haitians with TPS should review their options and seek competent legal advice as soon as possible.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 202

#ShareJourney Is Here! On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched a campaign called “Share the Journey,” which is aimed at increasing support and solidarity for immigrants and refugees. Go to https://www.sharejourney.org/ to learn more and see Archbishop Gregory’s invitation to join the campaign. Archbishop Gregory will initiate the campaign in the Archdiocese of Atlanta by bringing together other faith leaders for prayer to support immigrants and refugees. All are invited to the prayer gathering on October 11 at 10:00 a.m. in Angora Hall, Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021. For more information, contact justpeace@archatl.com or 404-920-7897.

Haitians With Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Take Note. TPS is a legal designation that allows citizens of certain countries to remain in the United States on a temporary basis because of serious problems in their home country. The Administration must renew the status for each country every six to eighteen months. Fifty nine thousand (59,000) Haitians have held TPS status since the catastrophic earthquake in 2010. Although many believe that Haiti has not yet recovered sufficiently for those with TPS in the United States to return, the Administration has announced that status will end in January 2018. Unless the Administration changes course by November, Haitians with TPS will lose their status and have to return to Haiti. Haitians with TPS should review their options and seek competent legal advice as soon as possible.

Number of Potential Resettled Refugees Reduced for 2018. The Administration has reduced the number of refugees who will be admitted to the United States for resettlement. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) advocated for allowing at least 75,000 refugees, which is below level for the last few years; but the Administration will limit the number to 45,000 refugees.

ICYMI – What To Do As DACA Ends. Trying to help a DACA recipient figure out the next step? Remind them that nothing takes the place of good legal advice from a qualified immigration attorney. Also, click here for a flow chart of next steps and find additional information on the CLINIC website.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 201

Late Breaking News — Share the Journey Campaign Is Local.  On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis will launch a campaign called “Share the Journey,” which is aimed at increasing support and solidarity for immigrants and refugees. While this campaign is international in scope, many other faith communities will join the Archdiocese of Atlanta to implement this campaign. Archbishop Gregory will initiate “Share the Journey” by bringing together other faith leaders for prayer to support immigrants and refugees. All are invited to this prayer event on October 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at a location in Clarkston, Georgia. More information will be forthcoming, but please save the date. 

Any Current DACA Recipients whose benefit expires before March 5, 2018 MUST file for DACA renewal by October 5, 2017. Please contact an immigration attorney immediately to determine if you are eligible.

What To Do As DACA Ends. Trying to help a DACA recipient figure out the next step? Remind them that nothing takes the place of good legal advice from a qualified immigration attorney. Also, click here for a flow chart of next steps and find additional information on the CLINIC website.

St. Frances Cabrini was an Italian religious sister who became a naturalized United States citizen, and later the first United States citizen to be a canonized saint. Pope Francis recently expressed his admiration for her to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a religious community that she founded: “I assure you of my remembrance and prayers with deep affection, both because I have always known the figure of Mother Cabrini and because of the special concern I devote to the cause of immigrants.”

ICYMI – Be Prepared to Protect Family Members! In the wake of the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program, rumors continue to swirl – both good that legislation is forthcoming, and bad that deportations will increase. Take time TODAY to prepare or help others prepare for the possibility of a sudden departure.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 200

The 200th Report. Unbelievable as it seems, this is the 200th Comprehensive Immigration Report from the Georgia Catholic Conference! This report began to help parishes and others in Georgia with the expectation of comprehensive immigration reform from the federal government. That reform has not come, but the need to help immigrants and refugees remains. Please keep all in your prayers and look for ways to help our brothers and sisters. We will continue to provide information that supports our Catholic teaching and suggest resources for practical assistance.

Reminder – Catholic Charities Atlanta provides immigration legal services. Catholic Charities will conduct a DACA renewal assistance clinic at their Northlake Office (2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30345) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 23rd.

Be Prepared to Protect Family Members! In the wake of the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program, rumors continue to swirl – both good that legislation is forthcoming, and bad that deportations will increase. Take time TODAY to prepare or help others prepare for the possibility of a sudden departure.

How Can You Help? The USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign has produced community engagement resources. Parish leaders may also be interested in these ten suggestions for helping undocumented immigrants.

ICYMI – Share the Journey.  On September 27, 2017, the Holy Father will launch a Caritas-led campaign, “Share the Journey,” which is aimed at increasing support and solidarity for immigrants and refugees. This campaign will be international; and in the United States, will be coordinated by Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and several offices in the USCCB. They will focus on a variety of important topics, including the Church’s engagement with immigrants and refugees, Catholic social teaching on migration, and the need to address the root causes that drive migration. The “Share the Journey” campaign will run for two years.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 199

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” or DACA Has Been Rescinded. It is now widely known that the DACA program is being rescinded by the Trump Administration. Many Catholic and other leaders, including Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Hartmayer, have expressed their regret at the decision.

This Weekly Report is intended to share with all priests, brothers, sisters and others throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Diocese of Savannah information related to the changing immigration landscape. This series of reports that began over four years ago, highlights support for immigrants from all countries expressed by Pope Francis and Catholic leaders, including our own bishops. We will continue to provide links to reliable information and websites that offer not only encouragement, but also practical information for all who are assisting immigrants.

DACA Resources. Information (and hysteria) about the recession of DACA is flooding the internet. Anyone whose status is affected by the Administration’s decision is well advised to consider their options carefully, especially in conjunction with an immigration lawyer. Options depend on an individual’s current status. Click here for a summary of options for multiple statuses. Those who may be eligible for renewal in the near future should pay particular attention to the October 5, 2017 deadline for renewal filing.

Catholic Charities Atlanta provides immigration legal services. More information is available on their website. Catholic Charities will conduct a DACA renewal assistance clinic at their Northlake Office (2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30345) from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd.

Active Advocacy. While Dreamers must take action to protect their individual status, everyone can advocate for change to benefit the common good. Legislative action is needed. To help, contact the White House, your congressional representatives, the governor and state legislators. Visit this website for important talking points related to legislation supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and other immigration groups. The USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign has also published additional ideas for effective advocacy.

Deportation is a Possibility for Some. Be Prepared to Protect Family Members! We cannot ignore the possibility that some, whether Dreamers or others, will face deportation. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), sponsored by the USCCB for over twenty-five years, has prepared state forms to help protect children and other family members if parents or caregivers are suddenly deported. The USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign has also produced good community engagements resources. Parish leaders might be interested in these ten suggestions to help undocumented immigrants.

Share the Journey.  On September 27, 2017, the Holy Father will launch a Caritas-led campaign, “Share the Journey,” which is aimed at increasing support and solidarity for immigrants and refugees. This campaign will be international; and in the United States, will be coordinated by Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and several offices in the USCCB. They will focus on a variety of important topics, including the Church’s engagement with immigrants and refugees, Catholic social teaching on migration, and the need to address the root causes that drive migration. The “Share the Journey” campaign will run for years.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 198

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA Has Been Rescinded. The DACA program has allowed legal protection for nearly one million young people brought into the country as children. At 11:00 this morning, the Trump Administration announced that the DACA program is being rescinded. The Department of Homeland Security will begin a wind down process, which was not made public at the time of this report. Individuals who have been registered under DACA and their families should be encouraged to follow legal developments and seek advice from immigration attorneys.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory Issued a Statement Expressing His Profound Regret at the Decision to Rescind DACA. Upon the announcement of the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA, Archbishop Gregory expressed his profound regret. At the same time, he encouraged Congress to compassionately and generously reform the nation’s immigration system and expressed his assurance that the Catholic Church in Georgia would continue its care for DACA youth and their families. The full statement is available on The Georgia Bulletin website. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other bishops throughout the United States have issued similar statements.

If Arpaio Can Be Pardoned, Why Not Immigrants with Irregular Documentation? Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami asks this question that others ask as well. Archbishop Wenski writes, “The president [pardoned] Sheriff Arpaio. Congress should ‘pardon’ irregular immigrants by passing comprehensive immigration reform.”

ICYMI – Pope Francis Offers Important Concrete Points Related to Refugees. Pope Francis has released his statement in anticipation of next year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees which was originally established by Pope St. Pius X. More than just a call for dialogue, the pope offers a series of concrete proposals for world leaders to consider when drafting two forthcoming United Nations’ agreements. The Holy Father made it clear that the collective and arbitrary expulsion of migrants and refugees does not resolve the world’s immigrant crisis.