Tag Archives: Pope Francis

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 215

DACA Renewals Are Now Being Accepted! The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting applications for renewal of DACA registration, but we do not know for how long. Although the Trump Administration attempted to close down the DACA program, the federal district court issued an order requiring DHS to continue processing applications. Click here for more information from the National Immigration Law Center.

Catholic Leaders Speak Out for Countries Who Were Disparaged. Catholic leaders continue to stand up for the dignity of all people in the light of the Gospel. In his homily for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said, “For the stranger, the migrant, the refugee, the asylum seeker and the displaced person, every door in a new land is also an opportunity encounter Jesus.”

Among many others, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops emphasized the humanity of people, speaking in context of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday; Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston wrote of the continuing need for civil discourse and respect for immigrants and refugees; and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami continues to advocate for a path to residency and citizenship.

 

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 214

Happy New Year to all with prayers for a just resolution for immigration and refugee issues in the United States and throughout the world!

On World Day of Peace, Pope Francis Continues Support For Migrants and Refugees. “I wish once again to be the voice of these brothers and sisters who call for a horizon of peace for their future,” ‎Pope Francis said in his midday Angelus address on New Year’s Day, a day on which the Church observes the World Day of Peace.

What About the Children? This is the important question asked by Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas in an editorial supporting the need for extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for refugees from El Salvador. The bishop wrote of his personal experiences with refugees and migrants in his west Texas diocese. There are over 192,000 U. S. citizen children of Salvadorans who will be in jeopardy if their parents are not given an extension of TPS. On January 4, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and Church World Services delivered a letter signed by over 400 faith leaders to the Department of Homeland Security asking for an extension of TPS for these refugees.

National Migration Week: January 7 – 13. Following a tradition of nearly 50 years, National Migration Week is January 7 – 13. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement includes link to the ongoing “Share the Journey” campaign and references. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone likewise wrote an article asking that the faithful learn Catholic teaching on human migration and take it to their hearts in action and prayer.

Update on “Share the Journey.” See what has been done so far around the country to follow Pope Francis with a webinar on January 11.

 

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 211

Share the Journey Continues. Several weeks ago, Archbishop Gregory gathered leaders of other faiths and faithful of the Archdiocese of Atlanta to inaugurate the “Share the Journey” campaign introduced by Pope Francis. This campaign will last for two years and focus on the humanity of migrants and refugees around the world. The USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign has prepared an excellent toolkit to progress through Advent with migrants and refugees in mind. Click here to find useful ideas.

Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message. Following a fifty-year papal tradition, Pope Francis has issued a statement in advance of World Day of Peace (January 1, 2018). The Holy Father emphasized four “mileposts for action” necessary to allow migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and trafficking victims the opportunity to find peace; including welcoming them, protecting and defending “the inviolable dignity of those who flee,” promoting integral human development and integrating them into society. Doing so enriches both those arriving and those welcoming. Read the Holy Father’s statement about men and women in search of peace.

Confused By Immigration Law? Immigration law is complex, but Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) offers training at all levels. You won’t become an expert, but a fundamentals program can help sorting out information for beginners.

ICYMI – This is Not News for Many in Georgia, But ICE Enforcement is Increasing Here. The New York Times recently reported on increase immigration enforcement in Georgia. Under the current administration, any undocumented individuals are vulnerable to deportation, not just those with a significant criminal record.

 

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.