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Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 314

President issues declaration suspending entry of certain immigrants. On April 22, President Donald Trump issued a declaration suspending entry of specified immigrants for at least the next sixty days. There are a number of exemptions and exclusions, such as essential workers, including in health care, nuclear family members and temporary workers. Get a detailed summary of the declaration here.

CLINIC Chair Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, joined other USCCB committee chairs in decrying the proclamation, saying: “There is little evidence that immigrants take away jobs from citizens. Immigrants and citizens together are partners in reviving the nation’s economy. We must always remember that we are all sons and daughters of God joined together as one human family.”

U.S. citizens married to immigrants are not getting stimulus checks. The recently passed federal CARES Act provides for checks up to $1,200.00 to U.S citizens, but citizens married to immigrants who do not have social security numbers and their children do not get a check even though some of those immigrants are working in essential services.

Pray the rosary for migrating peoples. CLINIC offers an explanation of the rosary and invites Catholics and individuals of good will to join in praying the rosary with meditations related to migrants.

ICYM – Call your lawyer. If you are represented by an attorney, it is important to keep in touch. With so many changes due to social distancing and isolation, do not assume that an immigration court case will be postponed. Many immigration courts are open and rights can be lost if you fail to appear in the court as scheduled. Ask your lawyer when your case is scheduled.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 313

Keep up to date on immigration developments. Sign up for the latest immigration alerts by heading to the Justice for Immigrants website. Scroll to the bottom of ANY page and fill out the form. You will receive the Week in Review, updates on action alerts, backgrounders webinars and more!

Request a ballot. Voting by mail is a two-step process. You must first mail a request for a ballot and, when you receive it, you need to complete the form and mail it before the election date. If you are eligible to vote, be sure to complete both steps to have your vote counted. See instructions here.

DACA, the Supreme Court and COVID-19. The United States Supreme Court has heard oral arguments and is scheduled to issue a decision which may allow the Trump Administration to end the DACA program and subject 800,000 registrants to the risk of deportation. Some legal scholars are asking the court to postpone the decision since thousands of DACA registrants are in the frontlines of service in health professions, agriculture, emergency services and related activities necessary to protect society during the coronavirus pandemic. Read one of their stories here.

DACA registrants are encouraged to explore other avenues of lawful presence in the United States or naturalized citizenship.

Call your lawyer. If you are represented by an attorney, it is important to keep in touch. With so many changes due to social distancing and isolation, do not assume that an immigration court case will be postponed. Many immigration courts are open and rights can be lost if you fail to appear in the court as scheduled. Ask your lawyer when your case is scheduled.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 312

Don’t forget to pray. Our own dioceses provide resources for the time of
COVID-19 isolation: Atlanta and Savannah.  Pray also for migrants: CLINIC.

What immigrant supportive activities can I do at home? Even while isolated at home, there are ways to support immigrants.

Request a ballot. Voting by mail is a two-step process. You must first mail a request for a ballot and, when you receive the ballot, complete the form and mail it before the election date. If you are eligible to vote, be sure to complete both steps to have your vote counted. See instructions here.  

Complete the census questionnaire. Every resident of the United States must be counted in the 2020 census, including those who are not documented. The results of the census determine representation in Congress and the allocation of many federal benefits. Only one person in a household needs to complete the form for all persons living there. If you have not been counted, the official questionnaire can be completed on line at https://my2020census.gov/. Read this information about the protection of your personal information.

Stay up to date on immigration and refugee issues related to COVID-19. Keep yourself and those around you safe. Justice for Immigrants provides updated information directed to the particular issues related to the effects of COVID-19 on immigrants and refugees.

Naturalization can be processed remotely. For those eligible for naturalized citizenship, the process can be accomplished remotely. Help yourself or seek those who can help. There is no need to wait because of isolation or quarantine.

Sponsoring an unaccompanied child out of federal custody is a great service of justice. If you are considering sponsoring an unaccompanied minor out of federal custody during this time of COVID-19 crisis, read this information from CLINIC. 

ICYMI – Return to the office better informed. In addition to working remotely, use time at home to increase your knowledge of immigration issues. Justice for Immigrants maintains an online archive of webinars. Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) also offers a variety of toolkits to broaden your knowledge of ways to help immigrants and refugees.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 311

Immigrants are among the COVID-19 heroes. There are many well deserved comments directed toward those in the forefront of the battle against the suffering caused by the coronavirus, but keep in mind and in your prayers the many immigrants serving in the medical professions, 29 percent of all physicians and 38 percent of home health aides are foreign born. At the same time, the foreign born are substantial parts of other service industries which are being affected hard by the spread of coronavirus, including, hospitality, construction, home service and child care. See this page from the Migration Policy Institute with its downloadable fact sheet. Immigration policy has, in fact, become a crisis within a crisis. Learn more here. Unfortunately, the federal stimulus provides virtually nothing for the undocumented even though their susceptibility to the coronavirus can spread infection.

Return to the office better informed. In addition to working remotely, use time at home to increase your knowledge of immigration issues. Justice for Immigrants maintains an online archive of webinars. Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) also offers a variety of toolkits to broaden your knowledge of ways to help immigrants and refugees.

A loved one in detention? There is always concern when a loved one is in immigration detention, but fear increases dramatically as coronavirus spreads. Migrant Freedom has launched a #COVID19 Detention Hotline. Advocates and loved ones can call to confidentially report on conditions inside ICE jails and prisons. Dial 209-757-3733 to connect with a hotline volunteer.

ICYMI -What do you want to know about COVID-19 and immigrants? Refugees and immigrants, whether documented or not, are at greater risk than others from the COVID-19 pandemic. All refugees, immigrants and others who lack health insurance and access to affordable health care often cannot get the testing or treatment that would protect them and their family members. Also, all those who have limited resources are likely to go to work even when they have symptoms of the disease and expose others to infection. Justice for Immigrants has pulled together resource links to help refugees, migrants and their supporters with accurate information.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 310

What do you want to know about COVID-19 and immigrants? Refugees and immigrants, whether documented or not, are at greater risk than others from the COVID-19 pandemic. All refugees, immigrants and others who lack health insurance and access to affordable health care often cannot get the testing or treatment that would protect them and their family members. Also, all those who have limited resources are likely to go to work even when they have symptoms of the disease and expose others to infection. Justice for Immigrants has pulled together resource links to help refugees, migrants and their supporters with accurate information.

Did you receive a letter from the United States 2020 Census? If you received a letter from the United States 2020 Census, do not throw it away. Open it and respond through their website, mail or telephone. If you are assisting refugees or immigrants, whether documented or not, offer to help them respond as well. Here are available flyers in English and Spanish. The entire population must be counted, including those who may be present without documentation. Citizenship questions are not asked. Information is strictly confidential and cannot be used against anyone who responds. See explanatory resources from Catholic Legal Immigration Network here. See also other information here. Justice for Immigrants also offers some census related resources.

What are the benefits of immigrants to the United States? We all hear criticisms, but what are the facts? See JFI’s resources page to find more information.  

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 309

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and immigrants. All are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but particularly the marginalized, such as refugees and immigrants around the world and in the United States. Catholic Legal Immigration Network CLINIC, Catholic Charities USA, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and other advocates have asked the federal government to remove barriers to health care and to make additional funding available for those without health coverage during the time of the Coronavirus crisis. Without such support, many immigrants, refugees and poor will lose their lives. See some resources here.  

Resources are available, but watch for scams. Accurate information about the virus is available online, but look for reliable sites to help immigrant and other populations in your parish. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has developed a special section on their website dedicated to provide health and spiritual resources. Information from the Diocese of Savannah is also available here. St. Vincent de Paul Georgia offers information that is frequently updated. Catholic Legal Immigration Network CLINIC provides information related to immigrants and refugees.  

The census of the United States population is near. The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching and robust participation in every community will have significant impact on your community’s congressional representation and amount of federal funding received. See available flyers in English and Spanish here. The entire population must be counted including those who may be present without documentation. Citizenship questions are not asked. Information is strictly confidential and cannot be used against anyone who responds. See explanatory resources here.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 308

Welcome Archbishop Hartmayer to the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Archbishop Hartmayer is a member of the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and has been a strong advocate for migrating people. The Georgia Catholic Conference will continue to support his efforts.

Labeling for Lent.  How can you affect human trafficking beyond our borders? The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is asking seafood producers, distributors and seafood retailers to make public, through packaged product labeling, their efforts to fight human trafficking in their product supply chains. Learn about human trafficking in the seafood industry and ways you can advocate for sisters and brothers being enslaved on the high seas here.

Immigrant workers have rights in the workplace. Don’t allow immigrants to be bullied or harassed in the workplace. Immigrant have rights under federal and state civil rights laws. See CLINIC’s informative resources here.

Pray for immigration attorneys and advocates. In the current political and regulatory climate, immigration advocacy is extremely stressful for those on the front lines defending and helping immigrants. See for example this case. Pray for all those dedicating their lives to justice for immigrants.

Important information regarding the 2020 Census from Justice for Immigrants:

Census 2020: Resources on Information Sharing and Immigrant Participation

Starting March 12th, households will begin receiving information about how to participate in the 2020 Census. As the U.S. government utilizes the Census to count population and accumulate the demographic data necessary to allocate federal funds and inform policy decisions, it is vital that all actively participate. 

Unfortunately, there are concerns that participation will be low this year over fears related the Trump administration’s failed efforts to insert a citizenship question and other data sharing concerns. In order to educate yourself about the information sharing possible through Census 2020 participation, please see our census data and information sharing resources in English and en Español.

Please also look out for JFI’s upcoming backgrounder about Census Participation and Access to DMV Records! 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 307

Proposed deployment of border patrol tactical units to Atlanta and other cities. The administration has announced plans to deploy border patrol tactical units to help the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta in the next six months. Catholic Legal Immigration Network recommends that you register your opposition to this action. A convenient way to register your concern is found at https://p2a.co/WE6G3wR

A Lenten focus on refugees. Looking on a way to focus your Lenten practices on the needs of refugees. Join the Jesuit Refugee Service Lenten Prayer Guide, 40 Prayers for 40 days.

ICYMI – Immigrants and human trafficking. Migrating people, especially those without documentation, are particularly susceptible to recruiters for human traffickers. Do not forget the indicators of trafficking for sexual or labor purposes. To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hot Line call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

The fate of the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is in the hands of the Supreme Court. In the near future, the court will hear arguments on a case challenging the administration’s ending the DACA program. Get up to date information on the issues and what DACA recipients can do here. Remember that all previous JFI webinars are posted on their website.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 305

Faces of migration. Do you want true stories of migrating people to share in your community? Follow JFI on Twitter. You can also share your own story of migration. Migrating people are not statistics. They all have faces, names and personal histories.

Do you want an information hub about how to help for refugee childrenBridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) aims to help families integrate into a new culture with a wealth of information and useful links. This is an indispensable tool box for refugee families and those helping them.

Deported to danger. What happens to those who are deported to El Salvador, especially those who are Salvadorians? Read this report from Human Rights Watch to understand the reality beyond the headlines.  

Do you really know what the new “public charge” rules mean to you? You may have heard of the new “public charge” rules, but do you understand them? Do you know how do they apply to you or people you work with? Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) provides a helpful page explaining the new rules. As always, consult an immigration attorney before taking any action that may affect your immigration status.

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 304

Supreme court allows “Public Charge” rule to go into effect. The administration’s proposed “Public Charge” rule could preclude immigrants who lawfully receive public welfare benefits from obtaining citizenship. A federal court had prohibited the administration from implementing the rule until its legality could be adjudicated. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, has allowed the implementation of the rule even though not yet fully reviewed by a court. The bishop chairs of the USCCB committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Migration have expressed deep concern that this rule will deter families from seeking the food, medical care and other services they need. The bishops also urged those needing services to consult with service providers before refusing services. Read the full statement here.

“No More Deaths,” charity prevails. Members of the group “No More Deaths” were convicted in an Arizona federal court when they entered federal desert land to leave food and water for immigrants crossing the desert to enter the United States. The convictions were reversed, however, when the trespassers showed the court that they were acting out of sincerely held religious beliefs and that the government was not using the least intrusive remedy to protect government interests as required by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Bishops oppose expanded travel bans. The administration has expanded travel restrictions to include those seeking to move to the United States from Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Burma and Kyrgyzstan. The chairs of several committees have opposed these additional bans as seriously detrimental to family unity. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) has also registered it concerns.