Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 268

What Happened to “Share the Journey”? Pope Francis initiated the two-year journey almost a year and a half ago to encourage people all over the world to educate themselves and support migrants. There is still time to participate and Lent is a good time to pray and sacrifice. The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 267

What is Needed for Dreamers and TPS Holders? Auxiliary Bishop Dorsonville-Rodriquez of Washington, DC testified on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) before a congressional committee. He asked for legislation to include protection for DREAMERS and path to citizenship for them; a path to citizenship for temporary protected status (TPS) holders … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 266

National Emergency: Caring for Migrants. Bishops from Mexico and the United States as well as other interested parties gathered in El Paso, Texas, to discuss ways to support asylum seekers on both sides of the border, particularly in light of the Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Read about the meeting. Bishop Mark Seitz lamented the … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 265

Causes of Mass Migration are Not Simple. Explore the reasons behind mass migration by participating in a webinar from Justice for Immigrants – “Tackling Root Causes: Mass Migration at Its Source.” Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. Do You Work with Newcomer Families? Justice for Immigrants recommends a great handbook and other resources from Bridging … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 264

Pope Francis Speaks of Fear. Speaking at a conference about ways to help migrants and refugees, the Holy Father relied on scriptural teaching to emphasize freedom from fear when interacting with others. Follow the Pope’s teaching by encountering others and be freed from fear. Join Pope Francis in Praying for Victims of Human Trafficking, Prostitution … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 263

It is Not Too Late to Advocate for Refugees at the State Capitol. Thursday, February 14, is the New Americans Celebration at the State Capitol. This is an educational and advocacy event sponsored by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies which includes Catholic Charities Atlanta. Click here for more information and registration. Humanitarian Crisis and … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 262

There is Still Time to Renew DACA Registration. The U.S Supreme Court has delayed hearing the Administration’s challenge to DACA. For those who want to renew their DACA registration, there is still time to submit a renewal application. As always, consult a qualified immigration attorney. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. January was the … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 261

Migration Policy and Human Trafficking. The more difficult we make it for people to move, the more likely they are to be trafficked,” said Canadian Jesuit and Vatican expert Father Michael Czerny. How can this not be surprising? The Church supports those who have been trafficked and migrating. ICYMI – St. Josephine Bakhita. St. Josephine … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 260

Reading About Migration and Human Trafficking. A Vatican dicastery for Integral Human Development released two documents related to migration and human trafficking. “Lights on the Ways of Hope” is a collection of papal reflections on migration, refugees and trafficking, which includes Pope Francis’ speeches, homilies, audiences, prayers and documents going back to Easter 2013. “Pastoral … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 259

The Wall, Asylum and All That. It would be impossible – and, for purposes of this report, a waste of time – to summarize all the developments related to the federal government shut down and the proposed wall on the southern border. Nonetheless, there are several Catholic social issues to consider. Bishop Joe Vasquez of … Read more