Tag Archives: Pope Francis

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 317

What can DACA registrants do? As of today, the Supreme Court has not ruled on the question of whether the DACA program can be terminated by the current administration’s executive order, although it is expected to do so in the near future. In the meantime, what should those who are eligible do? Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. offers brief advice, but those who need to take action should act without delay.

Immigration law is complex. Don’t be misled! Notarios and other scammers still try to take advantage of those needing legal help, but they cause more damage that help. Qualified is available in Georgia.

World Day of Migrant and Refugees – September 27. The worldwide commemoration of migrants and refugees may seem a long way off, but Pope Francis has already issued his message for the day. This is a good time to reflect on the Holy Father’s words showing the Church’s broad concern for all vulnerable and displaced people.

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Catholic bishops continue to advocate on behalf of migrant people. The coronavirus can affect anyone, but it can be particularly devastating for immigrant detainees and unaccompanied children in detention. Bishop Mario Dorsonville, on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has written to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with suggestions for those vulnerable brothers and sisters.

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Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 300

Blessed Christmas!   Joyeux Noël!  Frohe Weinachten!  Feliz Navidad!
Buon Natale!  Feliz Natal!  Nollaig shona dhuit!

The Georgia General Assembly begins its 2020 session on January 13.  Please pray that legislators will act for the common good of everyone in Georgia and remember that the common good is not based on the desires of the majority. In theological terms, the common good is defined in Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Mater et Magistra (On Christianity and Social Progress) as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”

Congressional legislation. There are very few bills making their way through Congress but the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5038) passed the House last week with the public support of the Catholic bishops of the United States. The bill would improve conditions for immigrant farmworkers and their families, as well as ensure the stability of the U.S. agricultural industry. The bill must still pass the Senate and be signed by the president before it can become law. Read more on the bishops’ position here.

State level advocacy project. On December 10, USCCB Office of Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Charities Oregon offered the first of several webinar sessions to assist in developing state activity to support for immigrants and refugees. See slides and other information about the project here.  

Migrants have a role in their new parish communities – “smugglers of the Gospel.” Speaking to Filipino migrants in St. Peter’s Basilica and recognizing how they have enlivened many parishes in Rome and around the world, Pope Francis said they have “a special mission: may your faith be a leaven in the parish communities you belong to today.” Using a non-biblical metaphor, he told them to be smugglers of the Gospel to new lands. Read more here.

The end of Advent and the Christmas season. As we meditate on the Scriptures read during the next few weeks, remember those who are forced to migrate around the world and in our own country. Catholic bishops continue to oppose incarceration of those fleeing tyranny and poverty in their home countries.  See, for example, the strong statement of Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyanne, Wyoming, in opposition to a new detention facility in his diocese.

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This is the last immigration report for 2019, as the next Communique will be published on January 13, 2020.