We Must Continue to Work to Protect DACA

Posted on 12. Aug, 2017 by .


As you may know, DACA is currently in jeopardy. Ten anti-immigrant Attorneys General have threatened to sue the Trump Administration if DACA isn’t ended bySeptember 5th. Conversely, on unnamed-2July 20th, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a strong bipartisan legislative solution that would provide DREAMers a path to citizenship.

DACA must stay in place until Congress enacts a clean DREAM Act or broader immigration reform. Rescinding DACA without a legislative solution would be a devastating blow to our nation’s economy and nearly 800,000 DREAMers who live, study and work here. DACA is popular with the public and enjoys the support of employers, educators, community leaders, and elected officials from both parties.

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chair of the Migration Committee and Bishop of Austin, Texas, recently expressed support for DACA. We urge members to follow the Bishops’ lead and continue making calls and planning for visits to legislative offices during the August recess in support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Don’t forget about the toolkits and resources for use from both Justice for Immigrants and the Interfaith Immigration coalition. We also encourage you to sign and share this petition from United We Dream. You are also invited to share the Bishops’ letter with your Senator.

We will continue to work towards our nation’s founding values of hospitality and opportunity for those seeking a better life.

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50-state resource aims to help parents prepare for possible deportation

Posted on 12. Aug, 2017 by .


CLINIC has released a new web-based resource to help guide immigrant parents and their representatives as they put legal protections in place for families in case parents are detained or deported.

Emergency Planning for Immigrant Families: A 50-State Resource, includes links to state-specific documents on guardianship, conservatorship and powers of attorney. Each state page also lists contact information for embassies or consulates for Mexico and Central American nations, as well as links to state bar associations. Some states provide handbooks or other assistance on related topics, which are linked.

“The president’s executive orders on immigration enforcement effectively put all non-citizens in the U.S, particularly those who are undocumented at risk of detention and deportation, at risk of having their families suddenly torn apart,” said Jill Marie Bussey, CLINIC’s director of advocacy.

“Parents need to assess their risk and plan in advance,” Bussey added. “They need to decide who will take care of their children, which may require naming a temporary guardian or completing a power of attorney. They also need to plan for future reunification abroad, which would require children to have proper identity and travel documents.”

Earlier this year, CLINIC released Know Your Rights materials that advise families to plan now for potential enforcement actions by immigration authorities. The new resource supplements that with key information for at-risk families as they make plans.

The resource is designed for use by legal service providers and the public. Immigration attorneys do not necessarily have expertise in the areas of law applicable to guardianship and related matters. The material can help guide non-experts to solid, qualified assistance.

“This area of law is extremely difficult,” said Lisa Parisio, CLINIC’s advocacy attorney for policy and outreach. “From the perspective of an immigration attorney or advocate, we’re not dealing in immigration law. These topics fall under family law or even estate planning.”

“On top of that,” Parisio said, “the laws, legal forms, and procedures—for naming a temporary guardian, for example—are different in each state. And those state-specific laws, forms, and procedures do not necessarily contemplate or cleanly apply to a scenario where a parent needs to name a guardian for a child because they’re at risk of being detained by ICE.”

“We strongly recommend parents contact their consulates well before any enforcement happens,” said Bussey. “This resource provides contact information for consulates and state bar associations. They are in the best position to provide referrals to attorneys in good standing who have the necessary expertise. They may also help connect people in need with accessing legal services.”

“Every parent finds it daunting to face the prospect of being forcibly separated from their children, especially to another country,” said Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC’s executive director. “Our goal is that this resource will help families easily locate the help they need to put a plan and legal protections in place. We hope that may give them some peace of mind if the worst happens. In the meantime, CLINIC will continue to fight inhumane enforcement policies that needlessly rip families apart.”

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Iraqi man facing deportation takes sanctuary at local church

Posted on 30. Jul, 2017 by .


An Albuquerque man who moved here as a refugee from Iraq in 1994 faced deportation and expected to be detained by immigration officers, but took sanctuary from a local church.

Rebecca Kitson, a lawyer for Kadhim Al-bumohammed, said he decided to skip his immigration hearing.

Kitson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement knows where he is. His family can visit him at the church whenever he wants but he can’t leave the premises.

The U.S. government says 1,400 Iraqis are under deportation orders nationwide. Al-bumohammed was convicted on domestic violence charges in the 90’s but came under ICE’s radar when he missed an immigration hearing.

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Reject NAFTA Renegotiation!

Posted on 30. Jul, 2017 by .


The Trump administration just released its detailed plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. It promises to be a disaster for people and the planet. 

This plan makes it clear: Trump intends to use a new NAFTA to further attack our environment and public health. He aims to give Monsanto, DuPont, Chevron, and Conagra even more of what they want. 

Congress can still stop Trump from succeeding. But it’s going to take strong resistance from Senate Democrats — led by Minority Leader Schumer. So we need your help to make it clear to him: He must fight Trump’s NAFTA plan and protect the planet!

Tell Senator Schumer: Reject Trump’s plan for renegotiating NAFTA!

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Urge Congress to pass Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Posted on 23. Jul, 2017 by .


Our friends at Justice For Immigrants have made us aware of a need for calls to Congress regarding HR 2200. Please take a moment to read the alert below and make a call. Peace and All Good.

H.R. 2200, The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, would reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. The TVPA, the original foundational anti-trafficking legislation in the U.S., was created in 2000 and has been reauthorized four times by overwhelmingly bipartisan votes. H.R. 2200 was introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA-37) on April 27, 2017.

Supporting H.R. 2200 is an important step the United States can demonstrate to continue our nation’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking and assist human trafficking victims. H.R. 2200 ensures critical funding for both domestic and international anti-trafficking programs. Reauthorizing the TVPA allows programs and services that recognize the importance of dignified care for human trafficking victims to continue assisting human trafficking victims.

As Catholics, we are called to protect the dignity of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable. The USCCB’s Committee on Migration has issued a letter of support for H.R. 2200, but we need your help. Urge your U.S. Representative to pass H.R. 2200 to protect victims of human trafficking by sending the following message:

Take Action by contacting your Representative. Here is a sample script:

Dear Representative,
As a concerned Catholic, I urge you to support H.R. 2200. I firmly believe in the dignity of the human person and this belief calls on me to protect the most vulnerable, including victims of human trafficking. H.R. 2200 is important, as it reauthorizes the TVPA, providing service provisions that will aid victims.

Supporting H.R. 2200 will ensure that our nation’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking and assist human trafficking victims continues.

I thank Congress for its long-standing commitment to confront modern-day slavery. As a Catholic, I stand ready to support victims and appreciate your work to eradicate human trafficking.

What Other Things Can You Do?

Email your Representative here.
Link to JFI’s Trafficking Webinar.
Be an Ethical Consumer

Visit the following websites to learn more about which goods may be products of forced or child labor:

Slavery Footprint: http://slaveryfootprint.org/
U.S. Department of Labor (List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor):https://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/
U.S. Department of Labor (Sweat & Toil): https://www.dol.gov/dol/apps/ilab.htm
CRS (Ethical Trade): http://ethicaltrade.crs.org/

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