Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 355

Archbishop Hartmayer supports repeal of death penalty in Georgia. House Bill 485 would repeal the death penalty in Georgia. See Archbishop Hartmayer’s strong statement supporting the bill.  Biden Administration challenged by increasing number of unaccompanied children. President Joe Biden pledged to provide more humane treatment for unaccompanied children at the southern border; however, the numbers … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 354

Pray the rosary during Lent. As you pray the mysteries of the rosary during Lent (and other times as well), remember our migrating brothers and sisters with the rosary for vulnerable migrants populations. Executive orders. The Biden administration continues to affect immigration law and practice with executive orders making major changes to those issued by … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 353

What has the Biden administration done so far? There have been a multitude of executive orders from the president since inauguration day. Here is a good summary of the immigration and refugee orders complied by the Center for Immigration Studies. See additional information from CLINIC experts. Immigration reform moves slowly. While the administration has issued … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 352

Georgia General Assembly. Senate Bills 33 and 34 have already passed the Senate. They would allow victims of sex trafficking to sue traffickers for damages and victims to change their names but keep previous names confidential to keep traffickers from locating them. Although not directly directed toward immigrants and asylum seekers, they benefit those who … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 351

St. Josephine Bakhita pray for us. Monday, February 8, is the memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita who was born in Sudan, kidnapped, sold into slavery and eventually reached Italy where she ultimately gained freedom. She joined a religious order of sisters where she was known for simplicity, humility and a constant smile even in suffering. … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 349

New comprehensive immigration bill introduced. On its first full day in office, the Biden administration sent to Congress proposed legislation addressing many of the issues that have marked our broken immigration system. This immigration reform bill proposes to (1) create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented in the United States; (2) reform the immigration court … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 347

Happy New Year! 2020 was a difficult year in many ways for all of us. The pandemic was particularly difficult for immigrants and refugees, but the problems were made more difficult for them as the administration made oppressive regulatory changes. We offer prayers that the new administration will bring relief through more reasonable regulations. Webinar … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 346

It is not too late to journey with black immigrants. Interfaith Immigration Coalition offers a seven week journey through Advent and Christmas with actions, stories, prayers and more focused on Black immigration. What does the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) want from the new administration? CLINIC has identified actions it will advocate with the new … Read more

Comprehensive Immigration Report No. 345

DACA restored! A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to fully restore DACA, instructing DHS to open the Obama-era program to new applicants for the first time since 2017. Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, welcomed the court’s decision and expressed hope for even greater progress in finding a … Read more