Immigration

Catholic Charities Consultation Services
 

Contact the Catholic Charities office for guidance on Temporary Guardianship of minor USC children, naturalization and GREEN CARD applications.  Our proobono attorney, Mr. Graham Cunningham,  is ready to assist with these and other immigration questions. We are not able to represent clients in Immigration Court or accept asylum cases.  Call for a free consultation appointment at 912-201-4058.
 

 

DACA and the DREAM ACT of 2017


There are 800,000 brave young adults who are working or going to school, and contributing to the United States’ economy through DACA. Another 300,000 people with Temporary Protected Status are rebuilding their lives after recognized disasters, often as business owners and valued members of their communities. 

Humanitarian immigration policies like DACA and TPS are good for our country. They save lives, protect families and reinforce our role as a world leader that protects the most vulnerable among us. 

 

Overview: 2017 Dream Act

The Dream Act of 2017 would make the following changes to current law:

  • Grant current DACA beneficiaries permanent resident status on a conditional basis, and allow TPS beneficiaries, people without lawful immigration status, and people with final orders of removal the opportunity to apply for this same immigration status.
  • Permit conditional permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (sometimes referred to as getting a “green card”) if they go to college, have worked for a certain amount of time, or served in the U.S. military. They also would have to meet other requirements.
  • Provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship. The path would be as follows: Conditional permanent residence (CPR) status for 8 years, during which time the person must fulfill the requirements for eligibility to apply for LPR status; applying for and receiving LPR status; spending a certain period of time (generally 5 years) in LPR status; then, finally, applying for and receiving U.S. citizenship.
  • Stay (stop) the removal proceedings of anyone who meets the Dream Act requirements and young people over 5 years of age who are enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • Improve college affordability for undocumented youth and other immigrants by changing rules that limit their access to in-state tuition and to student financial aid made available by states and institutions.

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network provides background information and resources about DACA and the Dream Act.

New Website Highlights Catholic Church's Significant Role in Immigration Debate for Almost a Century:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) has partnered with The Catholic University of America (CUA) to develop an educational Website that highlights the significant role that the U.S. Catholic bishops and the institutional Church in the United States have played on immigration related issues, especially since the early twentieth century. The Website, "U.S. Catholic Bishops and Immigration," can be found at http://archives.lib.cua.edu/education/immigration/immigration-wel.cfm.

For more than eighty years the Catholic Church in the United States, through the successive variations of what today is the USCCB, has provided a strong, institutional presence in support of immigrants and in favor of more just immigration laws.
"This story has not been widely shared in the past but it is important to do so now," said Todd Scribner, education outreach coordinator at MRS. "The bishops have long been committed to helping immigrant communities, both through the provision of services and through tireless advocacy on their behalf."
This Website will facilitate access to primary documents that help to highlight these efforts and an expansive narrative that will provide the historical context necessary to understand the importance of these documents. In addition, there will be a number of other educational tools that students, faculty and researchers can use. Diocesan and parish directors of religious education and social concerns may also find this Website to be a useful resource when highlighting immigration and the role of the U.S. Catholic Church in this issue in recent decades.

 


 

CRS, as a core member of Justice for Immigrants, is supporting a postcard campaign to urge Congress to pass reform legislation. The USCCB urges reform that would include addressing the root causes in sendingcountries that compel people to migrate in the first place.

Read more about the analysis of migration and its impact on global poverty.

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